Latest articles on Black Middle Class

Stop squeezing the middle class

As we prepare to listen to another tough budget speech, it is time to recognise the vital but neglected role played by this strata in modern South Africa

When entrepreneurship self-help isn’t enough

By presenting poverty as a choice, self-help books fail to address social inequality

Kwesta’s snapshot of home

Overtly reflective and intensely rousing, the visuals for ‘Spirit’ serve as far more than just a music video

State capture fails the black middle class

The skills gained in public institutions should be providing a springboard into the private sector

It’s not black and white in SA – it’s the working classes and the middle classes

Politicians need to take heed of the protest of August 3 – when the black bourgeoisie rebelled.

Letters to the editor: May 27 to June 2 2016

Readers write in about the black middle class, and food parcels.

Class divisions multiply, but don’t add up

We like putting people into their little boxes, but South Africans are way too tricksy to stay put, writes Rebecca Davis.

Letters to the editor: April 29 to May 5 2016

Readers write in about Jeff Rudin and race, the immaculate conception, the use of the word 'marijuana' instead of 'dagga', and the use of expletives.

SA’s ferocious fast food appetite

In the face of waning incomes, rising food prices and a weak and volatile currency, the takeaway market is growing.

ANC woos black middle class

Ahead of local government elections the party is calling on a team of professionals and academics to help it regain votes in Gauteng.

Bourgeois delusions get my goat

Call me a grumpy white male, but we are harping on about decolonisation while new elites feast on the state and gobble power.

History has poisoned the fruits of the black middle class

We have yet to grasp fully what it means to be black and middle class, writes Thabang Sefalafala.

Why is it difficult to be black and ‘middle class’?

It's not just a question of wealth, but of how people define themselves in relation to their community, write Grace Khunou and Detlev Krige.

McDonald’s to Bugaboo gain from South Africa’s black middle class

The middle class continues to grow, and could well become the saviour of the South African economy.

March of the black middle class has promising spin-offs

The black middle class has grown from strength to strength and, as a result of doubling in size in the past decade, it has made its mark on sectors.

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Judicial committee orders Mogoeng to apologise for SA-Israel remarks

The JCC said that by the chief justice straying into politics, he breached the judicial conduct code and ordered him to issue an apology and retraction

‘Doctors’ wives’ jump Covid queue

Private doctors and civilians have been exploiting gaps in the public health system to get vaccinated

Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

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