There is no denying that poverty is an extreme problem in South Africa. In fact, it is the problem that is responsible for most of our country’s other pressing issues, including crime and unemployment. 

The 17th of October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – the perfect time to band together and do your bit for your country and its people.

This day is also a time when we should all be making an effort to acknowledge the struggle of those living in poverty, and when the poor themselves should strive to make their concerns heard. Regardless of social class or financial status, we ALL have a voice, and now’s the time to use it.

The Theme

This year’s theme is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”. Just because someone is poor, it doesn’t mean that he or she is any less human or deserves any less respect than somebody else who happens to have more money in the bank.

The theme also draws attention to other social issues that are closely related to poverty, including fair employment and decent work, inequality and social inclusion.

How YOU Can Help Fight Poverty

Awareness is the first step towards helping to make a change. Did you know that well over half of the South African population currently lives in poverty?

Other ways that you, as an individual, can fight poverty is through:

  • Generating awareness
  • Donating to worthy causes that strive to help those struggling
  • Fundraising for disadvantaged individuals
  • Volunteering your time at charities dedicated to helping the poor, like shelters and soup kitchens

SAEWA Has an Important Role to Play

Here at SAEWA, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers in our country. Without workers’ rights and social protection, economic growth is impossible. We take this role very seriously indeed and are passionate about educating the masses about the social conditions and problems within SA in the hope that we, too, can make a difference.

If you would like to learn more about the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and how to get involved, visit