This is just not true. SA performs well in plenty of social indicators and poorly in a few others. Generally SA does badly on health indicators due to the lingering effects of the AIDS epidemic - where BTW the government has been praised by WHO for implementing the largest and most effective treatment program in the world. SA actually performs better than many other upper middle income on indicators like mean years of education and expected years of education, primary school completion rate etc.
Of course there is tons of room for improvement but the idea that other large SSA countries are anywhere remotely close to catching up is just not supported by any data. They are 50 years behind even with good policies and stable growth.
To this day tens of thousands of Nigerians, Ethiopians, Congolese etc. continue to flock to SA despite its so called poor economic situation and terrible living standards. South Africans going the opposite direction is unheard of.
I already posted the most common indicators here some while ago comparing SA to Colombia and another UMI nation i cant remember. You fail miserably in most common social indicators rather than a ‘give or take’ as you are claiming.
Didnt someone post here that the HDI of 80% of SA similar to Kenya or sth?!
Thumping your chest about large corporations, the JSE and your GDP pc which does not reflect the socio-economic reality cant obscure the objective social indicators.
Id post the data again though dont really have time
Update- just had a look.
IHDI- SA is 102, Kenya 110, Ghana 112.
I see other countries as having caught up in IHDI by 2030.