The truth is that averages always paint a incorrect picture.
People will never earn an average salary. A street sweeper will never earn the same salary as Jacob Zuma. A lawyer will never earn the same as a teacher... its the nature of the capitalist economy (also of supply and demad)
The only real thing that you can measure correctly is that if a black person does job A and a white person does job A do they get the same salary.
If only black people do job A and only white people do job B... and job A pays less than job B, then the solution is to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to do job.
See how some stats can be useful and others useless.
"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." ~ Christopher Hitchens
My idea of "Help from above" is a sniper on a roof.
And then with women. How many, even ones I studied with who are qualified, seem rather happy to settle for jobs far below their level of expertise and skill. And sadly even more are quite happy to settle into the life of a being a housewife! Possibly later in life needing to go out and work when he gives her the boot and then having to settle for lower paying jobs.
Controversial but something to consider.
I suspect a lot of angry discourse around the results as usual with very few concrete solutions also as per usual.
We have a two pronged problem.
Too many people.
Too few properly educated people.
Not sure too many people alone is enough of a reason for our issues. We are ranked 169th in the world for population density. Employment, or lack thereof, is the single biggest problem. Of course better education would alleviate some of this but we still have educated people not finding work so employment opportunities are first and foremost.
Ag no man. This made the headline on the frontpage of the bbc's website.
My opinion. If you want the average income of white and black south africans then get it from its source. SARS. Not some questionares.
Now correct me if I'm wrong but that would mean a closing of the "racial divide".
This thread was doomed to become a racially motivated debate. So glad that I am just happy to have a job in this country and therefor will continue doing it to the best of my ability. I have however heard several comments from colleagues, indicating that certain political party affiliations would also land you a very nice, well paying job.
Very scary to think people could be appointed based on other factors than their skill and personality. Unfortunately I have sat on interview panels enough to know that this is indeed the case. One of the main factors however are the words "Affirmative Action".
Comment from Mike Schussler:
White South Africans earn six times more than African South Africans. But African have a median age of 21 while Whites have a median age of 38. 14% of White South Africans work for themselves while only 5% of African do.
Also The typical education for whites is post matrics and for African it is pre matric (4,5 thimes more white have a post school qualification than African South Africans.) I am concerned that Statistics SA helps a headline of whites earn six times more than African appear without some explanation
This sounds more like racial bias that is entrenched by our Statistical Agency. I am really concerned that things are stated like this rather than whites are 17 years older than Africans. Both would make headlines but only one would entrench racial politics.