E Cape, Limpopo & KZN SA's poorest

2012-02-01 07:43

Johannesburg - Municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal are the country's poorest, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).

"Municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal perform the worst in terms of poverty, with average poverty rates of 64%, 62%, and 61% respectively," the SAIRR said in its Fast Facts newsletter on Tuesday.

Western Cape municipalities fared better, with an average poverty rate of 32%, it said.

The poverty rate refers to the proportion of households in the municipality with a monthly income below R800 in 2007.

The figures were from the institute's annual report on the eight metropolitan and 44 district municipalities in South Africa.


Rates of unemployment were highest in KwaZulu-Natal, with an average jobless rates of 41%, followed by the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, each with an average jobless rates of 40%.

"Again, municipalities in the Western Cape do best in this area, with an average unemployment rate of 21%," the SAIRR said.

The Alfred Nzo district municipality in the Eastern Cape had the highest poverty rate, at 83%.

"However, contrary to what one might expect, only 34% of the 831 043 people living in Alfred Nzo are on social welfare."

Of the metropolitan municipalities, Ekurhuleni had the lowest poverty rate at 27%, followed by Tshwane at 28%. Both are in Gauteng.

Buffalo City, in the Eastern Cape, which was declared a metro after the municipal elections in May 2011, had a high poverty rate of 70%.

Johannesburg had a high poverty rate of 45%.

"This may be because many people leave their homes in poorer municipalities to seek work there, but lots of people in the city remain jobless and thus live in poverty," the SAIRR said.

  • senny.tloubatla - 2012-02-01 08:19

    Interesting but what about more info on Limpopo municipalities.

  • Mel - 2012-02-01 08:33

    Why bother having a government,none of them are doing their jobs,they are all sitting on their hands milking the system useless,sack em all.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-01 09:06

    The government is in denial. Put competent, educated and honest people in the top positions. NOT family members or cadres who might have fought the fight waaayy back, but visionaries with at least a business degree (legitimate). Limpopo's premier and his underlings should have been fired ages ago. EC health services are in shambles and never have I seen hospitals as dirty as those, the nurses are rude and doctors demoralised. With all the agricultural and tourist attractions in these provinces the powers that be, must really be useless to drive these provinces into the ground.

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 09:10

    Well done Premier Zille! What does ANC knows about good governance, just good to steal and not serve the people.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 09:24

    They just tell us things that we all know. How about getting to the reasons for this: Uncontrolled population growth, bad labour policies, corruption, laziness and a host of other social evils.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-01 09:26

    In 1994 people were brought into certain areas so they can vote the ANC in to power and were promised jobs and housing for free, now they sit in the dodos because no one has a job nor proper housing and the fat cats are taking all the money that is supposed to be used for health and schooling ............just my thoughts on the mater.......DOWN ANC

  • Lordwick - 2012-02-01 09:31

    The above-mentioned provinces are ANC strongholds!!! Come elections the same people will still vote ANC and the corrupt leaders are rest assured about just exhausted!!!

  • Deon - 2012-02-01 09:36

    You know what is funny about this? It was their choice!!! They voted them in power with empty promises.......TWICE!!!!!

      Lordwick - 2012-02-01 09:42

      @Deon,It's more than twice and be assured that they still gonna vote for ANC once more.....just pissed off!!!

  • Mel - 2012-02-01 09:59

    When is the next general election in SA?? These politicians need brainscans to see if they are firing on all cylinders and what are their credentials...Passionless towards their country. Unemployment,violence,hunger and that the tip of the iceberg.SHAMO

      Bibi - 2012-02-01 10:18

      The biggest sin is not the voting itself, but the voter being so accepting of their fate. They do not seem to mind that the government is syphoning millions and millions of rands. But then for a jobless guy in the township a million bucks means nothing.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-02 08:26

    Guess which political party's in charge? Corruption means less money for services.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 17:00

      They are the poorest but they also happen to have the dimmest population groups.

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