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We examine the relationship between likelihood to volunteer and a range of human capital, social capital, religious capital and ubuntu variables in South Africa seven years after the official end of apartheid. Using the 2001 World Values Survey we find that education is positively associated with volunteering, but employment has a negative association with volunteering when including controls for wealth and income. Religiosity has a strong positive association with volunteering and a broad base, cutting across the socio-economic and racial divides. This suggest that religious congregations in collaboration with other sectors could be a vehicle to increase access to volunteer opportunities for those who lack the status to take part in other volunteering activities.

Keywords: human capital, volunteering, social capital, religiosity, ubuntu


Reference: Seabe, D. Burger, R. 2021. Examining the Relationship Between Resources and the Likelihood to Participate in Formal Volunteering in Post-apartheid South Africa. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-13.