South Africa’s poorest households in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal

2015-08-27 06:01

THE Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have the highest number of indigent households in the country, Statistics SA said on Tuesday.

The number of indigent households in South Africa is currently 3,5 million, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla told reporters in Pretoria.

The Eastern Cape saw an increase of more than 21 000 households from 2013 placing the figure at 828 371.

KwaZulu-Natal, which currently has 770 049 indigent households, saw an increase of more than 4 200 households from 2013.

Indigent households are targeted for service­ delivery as they are defined by government as the poorest households within municipalities.

They also qualify for free basic services.

But despite the significant rise in the number, Stats SA recorded a drop in the provision of free basic services nationally.

Only 2,5 million of these households received free water during the same period.

Two million received free basic electricity and about 2,1 million of these households received free basic sewerage, sanitation and solid waste management services.

- News24

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