20 July 2021 | Story Lacea Loader | Photo Rich Townsend (iStock)
Unequal cities: In the foreground is the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town with Table Mountain (Devil's Peak) in the distance.

Prof Ivan Turok, NRF Research Chair in City-Region Economies in the Department of Economics and Finance and the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State and Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), recently participated in a video report by the French media giant, Le Monde. The video is titled Why South Africa is the most unequal country in the world.
Prof Turok is well-published and is a renowned researcher in his field, which positions him perfectly to comment on the complicated city inequalities explored by Le Monde in Cape Town. 

The description of the video reads: “Thirty years after the end of apartheid, statistics point to inequalities that are still almost unique in the world. One striking element allows us to visualise them: the place of residence. While the majority of whites live near the city centre, or in well-to-do residential suburbs close to economic activity, blacks and coloureds live on the fringe. This is the crux of the inequalities that have persisted in the country for nearly 30 years”.


The video is in French with English subtitles.

(Why South Africa is the most unequal country in the world.) 


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