A few tenacious black South African women have found good jobs in construction. But they're still a tiny minority of those in the trade.

Women have always worked hard in South Africa. But the post-apartheid dream of affirmative action for better-paying fields has been hard to realize.

Huge wage disparities still trouble the country — wage disparities among races and between the sexes. A recent survey shows women struggling across the board to earn wages equal to men. Here's how it looks in graph form:


In South Africa, there is a large race and gender wage gap.

According to government statistics, white men earn nearly four times as much per hour as black women in South Africa.


Angilee Shah

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