Is your family poor, middle class or rich? Take this test and find out
SALDRU’s research finds that 50% of South Africans are chronically poor.
Only 20% of South Africans belong to the stable middle class, whilst 4% belong to the elite. (iStock)
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The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) has released a tool that will tell you how your incomes compare to the rest of the population.

They report that most people are wrong about where they are located in the income distribution, and that this tool was designed "to help people understand the nature and extent of South Africa’s inequality."

SALDRU’s research finds that 50% of South Africans are chronically poor.

Only 20% of South Africans belong to the stable middle class, whilst 4% belong to the elite. The rest belong to the transient poor (11%) and the vulnerable middle class (15%).


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The unit, based in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, has previously produced studies that explain why South Africa remains such an unequal society.

Questions included relate to your monthly household income and the number of people living in your household, as your well-being depends on this.

The calculator then asks "Do you think you are poor, middle class or rich in South Africa?" before providing a graph what might well surprise you.

Here's an example of a calculation:

income comparison tool

Take the test yourself

Find out where your family ranks at SALDRU or click through via the image below: 

income comparison calculator


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