A debilitating and bleak future for the country, according Stats SA’s poverty trends report shows that one in two South Africans live under the poverty line, amounting to about 30 million people living in poverty.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released the report which looked at poverty between 2006 and 2015 at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Lehohla says that overall, the number of people living in poverty has declined since 2005 but has since 2011 has increased to 55% in 2015.

“What is the number of poor persons in South Africa? That number has been increasing over time. From 2011, you can you see you get your 30 million.”

Lehohla says that black people continue to bear the brunt of poverty but that education remains the key to escaping poverty.

“Three out of five blacks are poor. Poor whites are non-existent. Indians moved… we could see this in the numbers when we talked about education. When we pointed out, particularly how Indians caught up with whites in education, poverty dropped and education increased.”