Govt not spending money well - survey

2012-10-08 14:24

Johannesburg - 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%," research company TNS's spokesperson Neil Higgs said in a statement.

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

The survey of 2 000 metropolitan residents found that differences by race were common when examining views on this type of topic.

About 37% of black taxpayers, 68% of whites, 63% of coloureds and 69% 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% of people over the age of 50 being unhappy with the situation. Of those aged 34 and younger only 42% were unhappy.

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

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

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-08 14:29

    In another survey it was found that there are more Chinese speaking people living in China than anywhere else in the world.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-08 14:38

      "A third feel that the money is being spent well and 19% (a relatively high figure) gave a 'don't know' response." - Wait what??? Dafuq did I just read? Are these people high on some cheap drugs???

      UncleShep - 2012-10-08 14:41


      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-08 14:47

      Hahahaha. Ja nee, ou kala... no sh*t Sherlock, comes to mind, ne?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 15:14

      Oh well said Kala. Exactly.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-08 15:16

      One has to ask oneself why they spend money on these surveys? The bevy of consultants simply stuns me......surely 'they' can see the utter waste of money????? eish....

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-10-08 15:32

      Well i guess the only ones happy with the stats are the German car manufactures, Scottish whisky producers and Italian fashion houses. They all love the way the Government spends its money.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-08 15:57

      I think the government is spending our money very well. They know how to spend, just not on the things they supposed to be spending our money on...

      Vince.York - 2012-10-08 19:15

      Nearly every one of these surveys are conducted on 9 little rabbits selected from each province by some praise screaming jigga jigg witch doctor and the other 4 from the Nkandla hillside AFTER they have all been force fed some New Age paper that SABC "mourning life" doesn't want anyway. AND it is all conducted in the next official language "UGUH UUUHG".......nxa

  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-08 14:34

    Are we paying for the survey?

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-08 14:50

      oh are we paying..........soooo dearly....and not just for the survey.

  • rink.hals.1 - 2012-10-08 14:34

    Well done Captain Obvious!

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-08 14:44

    OMG - and this is NEWS??????? Haven't we known this for almost two decades? (I was going to write "Haven't we all .... then realised that the sheep out there don't have fully functional ganglia!). Yes kala.bafazi, and 5 out of 6 film stars use Lux, and 90% of dentists use Colgate or whatever!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 16:56

      100% of people are people.

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-08 18:05

      Yes....but 95% of certain people are sheeple

  • Willie - 2012-10-08 14:48

    What's new

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-08 14:49

    Noooooo!!!!!!! I AM shocked!!! I mean they promised everyone free electricity and then waited 18 years to build any new power stations..........I am SURE they were just saving up right? I mean we all know they building really dependable well built houses for the poor, increasing water works capacity, building roads and widening highways with the tax money and building schools and educate our future and ensure that skills such as bookkeepers, engineers, doctors etc. are in ample supply...... wait - what do you mean they aren't?

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-08 14:51

    Slow news day at n24?

  • IvdBergh - 2012-10-08 14:53

    .....and we need a survey ????

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-08 14:54

    oh my word, news24 please get correct news before you post it! this just goes to show how useless these people really are!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-08 15:03

    Now there is a shocking revelation to someone, but I doubt that the someone is living in South Africa.

  • chiepner - 2012-10-08 15:05

    Really!?! - we really needed a survey to tell us this?

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-08 15:10

    I do not believe in surveys but this one is correct

  • geraldsebanda - 2012-10-08 15:11

    this is an unneccessary survey, did someone actually ask (and pay) for it to be done?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-08 15:12

    You chaps haven't noticed that these figures (which we all accept) bear no resemblance to the votes cast for the ruling and oppostion parties in 2011. And this spending question will dominate 2016.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 15:13

    Why are we having all these surveys about things we already know?

  • yasin.ansari - 2012-10-08 15:15

    Dont trust these surveys, need to see hard data before we can make any assumptions.

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-10-08 15:24

    Holy ravioli why pay someone to tell you something that is public knowledge.

  • ashley.stroebel - 2012-10-08 15:31


      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 16:58

      Lending money to other countries.They borrow it..

  • Genesistt - 2012-10-08 15:33

    I would love to know where I can find these surveys and also take part. I mean, how is 2000 people really a representative sample of a country as diverse as ours? Now if it was 2000 each per city, maybe it would be better. But they're spreading out 2000 people across the country. That's perhaps 200 per city that they surveyed. And I just keep on thinking that Cape Town itself has approximately 4 million people living there. 200 people out of 4 million. How is that representative?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-08 15:43

      Actually, 2000 people is a very meaningful sample, as long as it is demographically representative.

  • dericslab - 2012-10-08 15:41

    ... especially when they waste money on stupid bloody surveys. And anyone happy with what they are doing are simply morons and / or corrupt themselves.

  • lyndol.lyons - 2012-10-08 15:42

    NO DURRRR!!!!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-08 15:44

    The ANC surveys and consultants are all the same...useless worthless and a total waste of time !! F*ck em all !!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-08 15:54

    A survey like this one is a clear indication to the ANC who and where there voter/support base is, and I have a feeling it is among the 19% with a "don't know response"

  • denzil.small - 2012-10-08 16:27

    And this gets figured out now only?? LOL

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-08 16:44

    This revelation did not need a SURVEY.Simply watch TV news or pick up a newspaper each day and Voila!!There it all is...mismanagement,theft,fraud on a frightening scale!

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-10-08 16:47

    That survey is racist.

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-10-08 16:50

    Wow they had to have a survey to figure this one out? I could have told you all that easy.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-10-08 17:17

    A 3 year old kid can figure out that this government is useless, but half the population can't? God help South Africa!

  • Jpeters81 - 2012-10-08 18:10

    We all knew that, why waste time on a survey???? They should rectify the problem!!!

  • Johnson - 2012-10-08 19:00

    Common sense, the one attribute lacking in the so-called leadership of a country like its airline loosing its momentum due to the populist believe that ruling a country is rather getting something in return than showing strength to lead us to the dream nation everybody had on their lips not so long ago. One failure after another, one more newspaper reporting on corruption, where ever they are deployed in the name of affirmative action. Killings day by day like we saw in Libya and recently in Syria, Africans employ the one the simplest rule they know best - even if you are an employee not participating in their strike action or to simply remove a political opponent. The country has become a leader in the world of statistic's, not for our ability to govern or educate, but for our ability to kill and destroy, to the extend that even foreigners come here if they want somebody removed. After all you don't have to look hard to find a killer, here we do it over a pay dispute.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-10-16 10:49

    This is old news man,BASIC ESSENTIAL like water, food, electricity, proper facilities are still not met...but hei the gov is busy F***kng up this country!

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