Editorials
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5 Aug 2021
7:20 am

The middle class cannot be neglected

Editorials

Other families are turning to “side hustles” by selling items in the informal sector or taking extra jobs, if they can find them, to supplement their income.

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There is a quiet class struggle happening in South Africa: the struggle of the middle class to survive the toughest times since the ’30s Depression. This is no longer the country – if it ever was – of “braaivleis, sunny skies and Chevrolet” as the old advert described it. Millions of people have lost their jobs over the past few years – thanks to the general downward spiral of the economy and to the devastation wrought by Covid and lockdown restrictions. We are now in the unenviable position of having one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. And...