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New World South African Wealth Report 2015: Indians steal the show

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

According to the New World South African Wealth Report for 2015, the South-African Indians lead the rise in the number of millionaires in the country with other communities.

The Indians were among the 9% of the total South Africans who were in the new list of millionaires.

The report also said that the coastal city of Durban where half of the population comprises of Indians had shown the fastest growth in the past year. The posh areas of La Lucia and Umhlanga of Durban has seen a huge influx of Indians in the recent years, and according to the report , these two areas had shown the maximum growth in the country.

Most of the millionaires had attained their status through the financial services, telecoms and healthcare sector.

The recent rise in Indians and other communities is due to Government’s Black Economic Empowerment Programs (BEE), which was implemented in 2003.

BEE gives advantages to previously disempowered communities, which includes Indians and other minority communities. Previously advantaged white South Africans saw a decrease of 13 per cent in millionaires, said an economic advisor.

The report also said that there would be a significant growth of the Indians and other minority communities in the next three years despite economic growth in South Africa being constrained by the current electricity crisis, increasing trade union involvement and a rising level of government regulation.

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Madhya Pradesh Waives off $5.3Bn in Farm Debt

The western state of Maharashtra and northern state of Uttar Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, announced similar loan waivers last year.

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Farmers march towards the parliament house during a rally to protest soaring farm operating costs and plunging prices of their produce, in New Delhi, India. VOA

The new leader of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is to waive up to $5.3 billion of farm loans, becoming the latest area to offer relief ahead of a national election next year as farmers reel from losses caused by falling crop prices.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party lost the central state to Congress last week dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of the vote next year.

Congress leader Kamal Nath, who became chief minister of the state on Monday, decided to write off farmers’ loans up to 200,000 rupees, according to a notification.

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Police try to stop farmers during a protest demanding a better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

Protests on the rise

Farmers’ protests have been rising in past months due to the fall in crop prices and a rise in the cost of diesel and fertilizer.

Nearly 3.4 million farmers will benefit from the loan waiver, which is likely to cost between 350 billion rupees ($4.9 billion) to 380 billion rupees ($5.3 billion), Rajesh Rajora, the state’s principal secretary for agriculture, told Reuters.

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The western state of Maharashtra and northern state of Uttar Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, announced similar loan waivers last year. (VOA)