DA policy targets the poor, but it’s missing something big

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DA policy targets the poor, but it’s missing something big

ANALYSIS | Its economic redress doesn’t solve the most striking legacy features of the apartheid economy

Editor at Large

The DA’s draft policy on economic redress, released last week for discussion at its April policy conference, is really an anti-poverty strategy that aims to give the poorest of the poor better life chances.

For the thorough way in which the policy document does this – picking out the drivers of inequality and identifying the interventions that would raise the human development index of the poor – it cannot be faulted. Childhood nutrition, mending the family, improving the quality of teaching and economic growth measures that would promote job growth as well as much, much more are identified as critical areas where change needs to happen.

The object of these interventions, says the policy document, is to create “a ladder of opportunity” that sets people up for a better life. The target will be the 49% of the population who live in chronic poverty and the 13% who live a tenuous existence slipping in and out of poverty. For an individual to qualify for redress, a means test would be done...

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