Govt not spending money well: Survey

By Drum Digital
08 October 2012

Most people living in cities feel government is not spending taxpayers' money well, according to a survey released on Monday.

"The proportion of people in South Africa's eight major metro areas who feel that the government is not spending taxpayers' money well is 47 percent," research company TNS's spokesman Neil Higgs said in a statement.

"A third feel that the money is being spent well and 19 percent (a relatively high figure) gave a don't know response."

The survey of 2000 metropolitan residents found that differences by race were common when examining views on this type of topic.

About 37 percent of black taxpayers, 68 percent of whites, 63 percent of coloureds and 69 percent of Indians felt the money was not being spent well.

There was also a difference in areas.

"The poorest perceptions are held in Port Elizabeth, the Vaal Triangle/South Rand and Cape Town, with the best perceptions occurring in East London, Durban, Bloemfontein and the East and West Rand," said Higgs.

The survey found that older people were more critical, with 60 percent of people over the age of 50 being unhappy with the situation. Of those aged 34 and younger only 42 percent were unhappy.

"Also partly correlated with wealth, wealthier people are much more critical -- 67 percent of the top bracket are unhappy compared with 35 percent of poorer people," said Higgs.

"Unhappiness with the health and education systems and with service delivery was also evident."

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