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Published Article / The aim of this article is to examine the concept of poverty in terms of definition,
types, causes, determinants and indicators. The relationship between inequality
and poverty is also visited. The absolute and relative approaches to the definition
of poverty are examined. Poverty is defined as the inability of individuals or
households to attain sufficient resources to satisfy a socially acceptable
minimum standard of living. Characteristics which determine poverty include
individual, community, household and regional characteristics. Lack of access to
basic services such as dwelling, electricity, water and sanitation was found to
aggravate poverty. Socio-economic factors such as unemployment, education
level, gender, income and household size also affect poverty. Causes,
determinants and types of poverty must first be understood before poverty can
be alleviated. Poverty remains a problem in South Africa twenty years after the
transition to democracy. This article is thus intended to provide the public,
politicians and policy makers with a better understanding of the word “poverty”
and, therefore, help alleviation of poverty.
Date January 2014
CreatorsRamphoma, S
ContributorsCentral University of Technology Free State Bloemfontein
PublisherInterim : Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol 13, Issue 2: Central University of Technology Free State Bloemfontein
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish
Format97 299 bytes, 1 file, Application/PDF
RightsCentral University of Technology Free State Bloemfontein
RelationInterim : Interdisciplinary Journal;Vol 13, Issue 2

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