White people still earn the most

Inequality of income in South Africa and the number of people living in poverty have been reduced significantly since 2005.

But white people continue to earn the most and own the most assets, according to research by the South African Institute of Race Relations.

A measure of the increase in income can be seen in the growth of people who fall into the living standards measure (LSM) 5 to 8, and the reduction in numbers in the lower LSM 1 to 4 in the past three years.

When it comes to average household income per province, the Western Cape leads, followed by Gauteng. But perhaps more significantly, the Northern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State saw the highest percentage increase in income from 1996 to 2011.

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