Illiteracy at the core of the problem

Illiteracy in South Africa is a problem that affects each and every citizen in the country. Even if you can read those around you who lack basic reading and writing skills cannot contribute to the economy of the country in any meaningful way. This means that these citizens are a burden to the government and civil society and cannot earn an income which would generate any tax to help with the upkeep of the communities where they live. Most often these people will not have a bank account and will never in their lives be able to apply for a skilled job.