Stats SA gives municipalities mixed service-delivery scorecard

2014-09-02 16:00

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla has released the results of the 2013 nonfinancial census of the country’s municipalities today.

The results show the state of the country’s delivery of municipal services.

Here are 10 things worth knowing about the findings of the survey:

1. Of the 14.8 million households in South Africa, 3.8 million have been classified as indigent and are receiving free basic services such as water, refuse removal and electricity.

2. Tshwane is the only municipality that fully services its 110 000 households on its indigent list. Other municipalities cite a lack of funds to provide free basic services to their poor residents.

3. Unemployment is the biggest driver of poverty in the country.

4. The South African government would need to spend more than R37 billion between now and 2030 to eliminate the lower-bound poverty line where people survive on R443 a month.

5. Between 2006 and 2011 only 0.5% of white households were affected by poverty compared with 51.2% of black households.

6. The number of households using the bucket system has increased from 73 413 in 2009 to 99 102 in 2013.

7. Between 2009 and 2013 the number of households receiving free basic electricity increased, with 5.3 million receiving free water, 2.5 million getting free refuse removal and 2.5 million receiving free electricity.

8. Municipalities spent a combined R35.3 billion on new construction in 2013, refurbished buildings for R1.6 billion and spent R4.8 billion on plants, machinery and equipment.

9. Eastern Cape and the Free State had the highest number of households using the bucket system – 4.6% of both provinces’ households.

10. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have the poorest households in the country.

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