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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

Covid-19 hurts the middle class

The rich have a security blanket. The poorest have extended government assistance. But for South Africa’s middle class, there is little in the way of financial support during the Covid-19 lockdown. Lester Kiewit spoke to one family who are choosing between food, electricity and bond repayments

Eusebius McKaiser: A letter to us people who live in the suburbs

The Covid-19 lockdown means wealthy citizens must take a long-overdue look at our privilege. Now is the time for cross-class solidarity

Code 300: a game changer for the missing middle

Launched in 2017 to solve the funding challenge faced by the ‘missing middle’ students, ISFAP provides students the funding for their studies.

The future of the middle class is bleak

Cost pressures, stagnant wages and a bleeding economy are pushing many people into poverty

South Africa’s middle class is three salaries away from poverty

"An assessment of middle classes should consider their vulnerability rather than hold a romanticised view"

Don’t blame poverty on the poor

Success is a function of genetic luck, situational luck and hard work.

Mashonisas and the middle class

Loan sharks prop up more wealthy people who live beyond their means and ‘help out’ the poor

​Blade’s puzzle: How to identify ‘missing middle’ students

Bawa said the assumption was that there were about 400  000 students who fell in the “missing middle” category.

Africa doesn’t need foreign aid — it can couple cultural ideals with technology

The continent can build on local-level networks and financial strategies such as stokvels to bring about socioeconomic transformation

Why post apartheid order is only starting two decades on

The old is dying and the new is yet to emerge, but the end of the interregnum is in sight.

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.

SA’s mysterious ‘middle class’

Black diamonds confuse analysis of BEE success or failure.

Income groups: Things are tight around the middle

Median households have not seen much economic progress since 1994 at all.

SA’s elite will not be making the sacrifices

Unless it wants to live in the Buenos Aires of circa 2000, South Africa's middle class must shake off its apathy, writes Richard Calland.

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