South Africa is one of the two most unequal societies globally, along with Brazil, measured by a GINI coefficient of 0.63 in 2009. There are inequal opportunities and the potential for economic growth has been held back by industrial concentration, skills shortages, labour market rigidities and chronically low savings and investment rates; one the other hand, economic growth has also been highly uneven in distribution, perpetuating inequality and economic exclusion.
In large part, this an enduring legacy of the apartheid system, which denies black people, especially Africans, the chance to accumulate capital in any form – land , finance, skills or social networks.”
Unemployment stands at 25.2% or 33% when including discouraged work seekers is among the world’s highest.
Currently the schools in the KwaZulu Natal province don’t have enough teachers due to the high HIV infection rates for adults in this age group, the impact of aids in time for caring and illness.The teachers they do have may not be in class due to sick days and they are out of school for other reasons.
Question: Can media fill the gap in resources and skilled teaching, and provide an opportunity for learning in the most remote and rural areas where educational needs are biggest?