Dissatisfaction in South Africa highest among youth

2011-08-24 00:00

THE levels of dissatisfaction in South Africa have been found to be the highest among the younger generation and whites.

A survey conducted by the National Values Campaign between May 11 and August 2 polled more than 8 000 South Africans.

The online National Values survey across all nine provinces indicated that 62% of South Africans have potentially negative values.

Such a high score of dissatisfaction in most instances is reflective of the threat or perceived threat of riots, civil disobedience and social unrest.

The discomfort score was compared between racial groups: black respondents showed a dissatisfaction score of 39%; coloureds 57%; Asians or Indians 62%, and white participants a dissatisfaction score of 71%.

The survey results showed that three percent of the respondents have a dissatisfaction score of 71%, which is above the national level.

The National Values Campaign commented that although there seems to be a relatively low level of dissatisfaction among the majority of blacks, there is evidence of general frustration in the frequent service delivery protests and aggressive strikes.

An important fact is that most of the survey respondents are employed, which obscures a potential source of discomfort.

In June Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi warned of a “ticking time bomb” among South Africa’s jobless youth.

The 18-25-year-old category has a discomfort score of 57%, which is closer to the dangerous national score of 62%.

The survey results have also painted a positive picture that shows there are by far more similarities than differences between South Africans, whether black or white.

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