SA living standard: 10 things worth knowing

2013-08-22 16:27

The standard of living in South Africa has improved “drastically”, statistician Niel Roux has said of Statistics South Africa’s 2012 Household Survey, which was released this morning.

Here are highlights of the findings:

1. Females are less likely to be illiterate than males in the age group 20 to 39 years.

2. 30.3% of children from Western Cape households said education was “useless” and that is why they did not attend school.

3. 25% of children in households all over South Africa said the reason they did not attend school was because they do not have money for school fees.

4. The percentage of children over the age of five years who attend educational institutions and do not pay fees (in no-fee schools) increased from 0.8% in 2002 to 56.8% in 2012.

5. The Eastern Cape reported the highest percentage of children who have experienced corporal punishment, which is banned, at 30.3%.

6. KwaZulu-Natal has the highest number of people who live in informal dwellings, such as shacks, at 22.8% – up from 12.3% in 2002.

7. Only 45% of households have piped water, 16% use communal taps and 3% use the neighbour’s tap.

8. 77.3 % of households in Mpumalanga experienced interruption of their water supply regularly in 2012, with 61.5% of these households experiencing interruptions lasting a total of 15 days.

9. Eastern Cape households that use bucket toilets, decreased from 36.8% in 2002 to 13.4% in 2012.

10. Western Cape households, at 19.2%, trumped all other provinces, with 7.5% of households recycling.

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