South Africa has one of the most unequal income distribution patterns in the world: approximately 60% of the population earns less than R42,000 per annum (about US$7,000), whereas 2.2% of the population has an income exceeding R360,000 per annum (about US$50,000). Poverty in South Africa is still largely experienced by the black population. Despite many ANC policies aimed at closing the poverty gap, As of 2007 blacks are over-represented in poverty, being 90% of the country’s poor while at the same time being only 79.5% of the population.
More than 47% of South Africans are considered impoverished by being under the national poverty line of US$43 per month and the number of people living on less than US$1 a day has doubled from 2 million in 1994 to 4 million in 2006. The remnants of apartheid-era spatial segregation of black Africans to poor, rural areas is correlated with higher levels of poverty among them.
STEM education is key to poverty alleviation. The StarLab is designed for underprivileged schools that cannot afford to acquire a conventional laboratory. These schools are wholly dependent on donations to get a laboratory. The StarLab is perfectly the ideal fully-functional science lab that a donor can donate to a school without parting ways with a huge investment.