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What has changed in South Africa since white rule ended?
South Africa holds parliamentary and provincial elections on Wednesday, 25 years after the first all-race poll ended the apartheid era. Here are some figures showing how the ethnic balance has changed in some economic and social spheres since the end of white minority rule in 1994.
AFRICA-MALLS/
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August 30, 2013
THE MIDDLE CLASS - Only 20 percent of South Africans belong to the middle class, of whom 50 percent are...
Johannesburg, South Africa
Shoppers leave a Woolworths store at a shopping centre in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg
THE MIDDLE CLASS - Only 20 percent of South Africans belong to the middle class, of whom 50 percent are black Africans, according to a 2014 study by the University of Cape Town and the department of Monitoring and Evaluation in the president's office.


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March 27, 2006
That puts the size of the black middle class at roughly 5.6 million people. In 1993 the black middle...
Johannesburg, South Africa
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That puts the size of the black middle class at roughly 5.6 million people. In 1993 the black middle class numbered around 600,000 people, according to a study by South African history professor Colin Bundy, who taught at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of London.

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March 10, 2011
South Africa's population was 55.7 million in 2018 versus 40.4 million in 1994.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
People swim in a swimming pool at Vhardos house in Soweto
South Africa's population was 55.7 million in 2018 versus 40.4 million in 1994.
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SAFRICA-ELECTION/ISSUES
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August 02, 2016
HOUSING - Over the past 25 years, the government has provided more than 4.7 million homes to the black...
DAVEYTON, South Africa
RDP houses are seen next to an informal settlement in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg
HOUSING - Over the past 25 years, the government has provided more than 4.7 million homes to the black elderly and the poor, according to the Department of Human Settlements. Previously there was no plan to provide black people with housing.
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May 06, 2019
LAND - About 67 percent of commercial agricultural land is in white hands, compared with 87 percent before...
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nobutho Thethani harvests potatoes at her farm in Lawley informal settlement in the south of Johannesburg...
LAND - About 67 percent of commercial agricultural land is in white hands, compared with 87 percent before 1994, according to a 2017 report by the Institute of Poverty, Land, and Agrarian Studies. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
SAFRICA-ECONOMY
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April 25, 2016
ECONOMIC GROWTH - The economy, Africa's most industrialized, grew an estimated 0.8 percent in 2018 after...
Sandton, South Africa
A couple is seen at a hotel balcony as construction takes place
ECONOMIC GROWTH - The economy, Africa's most industrialized, grew an estimated 0.8 percent in 2018 after recovering from a recession in the first half of the year when a drought hit farming but blackouts at power utility Eskom continue to drag on activity. Growth is forecast at 1.5 percent this year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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October 07, 2010
UNEMPLOYMENT - The unemployment rate stands at around 27 percent, according to Statistics South Africa....
Johannesburg, South Africa
Men hold placards offering temporal employment services in Glenvista, south of Johannesburg
UNEMPLOYMENT - The unemployment rate stands at around 27 percent, according to Statistics South Africa. Unemployment was 29.6 percent in 1994, according to the World Bank citing International Labour Organisation data.

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March 17, 2019
BLACK OWNERSHIP OF SHARES ON THE BOURSE - As of 2013, some 23 percent of shares in the Top-100 companies...
Cape Town, South Africa
Streetlights illuminate the central business district in Cape Town
BLACK OWNERSHIP OF SHARES ON THE BOURSE - As of 2013, some 23 percent of shares in the Top-100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) were held directly by black people, the JSE said.
The increased shareholding from 1994 has been through black economic empowerment schemes meant to address the exclusion of black people from ownership under apartheid, and contributions to pension funds, unit trusts and life policies.


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January 01, 2003
LIFE EXPECTANCY - Life expectancy was 63.4 years in 2017 and 61.8 years in 1994, according to the World...
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LIFE EXPECTANCY - Life expectancy was 63.4 years in 2017 and 61.8 years in 1994, according to the World Bank citing the United Nations Population Division. No breakdown was given for life expectancy among black and white South Africans.
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