This leaves around 50% of black people classified as "poor". But this is a very relative thing. At least 50% of South Africa black people still live a rural subsistance existance. As little as 10 years ago a trip into a rural area would have been sprinckled with mud houses with thatched rooves which half the country lives in. Take a trip to these same rural area now and you will be amazed at the brick houses up there now in their place. Not government built houses most of the time either and all with electricity and running water. To give you an idea many people now keep a mud hut only to perform traditional rituals. Car garages and satelite dishes are common plce. When a society can afford to start living out preference rather then necessity it is not cronically poor.
Also new schools and clinics scatter the landscape in these rural areas where the A.N.C litters with services in exchange for votes. The difference is night and day and you needed to have seen it before and after to appreciate it. "Poor" doesn't quite have the same sting in South Africa now as it did 10 years ago.
And then there are the cities. The first part of this video offers up some pictures of a few cities.
So while South Africa is the richest country in Africa, it's not uniquely wealthy. There are many African countries which share in parts this kind of wealth and infrastructure and are growin wealthier all the time. World recession aside sights such as above are becomming more and more widespread in Africa. Things are NOT hopeless and definatly not getting worse.
Update : This just posted on S.A.S. I their own words : Firstly, and lets not deny it, whites in SA still have a relatively pleasant life when contrasted with most blacks who live especially in squatter camps. The result? Whitey is complacent. Sure, there is a lot of bitching about crime, AA, BEE, corruption and the rapidly dropping standards we see in all spheres. But, at the end of the day, he has his five day work week job, he has his rugby, Klippies and Coke, three bed roomed home, two cars, Sophie cleans house and Sipho does the garden once a week. And, lets not forget the Saturday braai under a cloudless sky next to the pool. All in all, a pretty good existence when contrasted with, lets say, Europe. The idea of having to clean your own house or mowing your own lawn – horrors!!
Then again, percentage wise, few whites have been victims of violent crime.
Oh, unrelated but this is interesting.http://www.safestore.co.uk/industry_news/19355002/brits_moving_abroad_should_head_to_south_africa.aspx