Quality of life improves in Joburg - survey

2012-09-10 21:20

Johannesburg - Less than 5% of Johannesburg households do not have access to regular refuse collection, a new survey has found.

The City of Johannesburg said the finding was made in a joint survey by Gauteng provincial government, and the universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand.

The quality of life survey, which was conducted last year, found that 93% of households had access to piped water, and 91% of households had access to either a flush toilet or waterborne toilets.

It found that 82% of Johannesburg residents were satisfied with water services, 79% were satisfied with sanitation, and 85% were satisfied with waste removal.

"Gauteng has fared extremely well during the past two years of global economic recession, and overall quality of life has risen very slightly for the province as a whole," said David Everatt, executive director of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO).

Johannesburg was one of the top municipalities in the province in relation to basic services.

Almost 17 000 people in Gauteng were interviewed in the survey.

The report found that the areas of concern were public safety, public transport, and access to economic opportunities. However, this was not elaborated on in the statement.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-10 21:48

    how about crime, tell us those stats

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-10 22:02

      Drinking tap water and flushing - VS - getting murdered or raped. Nice try Government, but your priorities are F'ED UP.

  • yossarian.crake - 2012-09-10 22:05

    It would seem that they have lowered the definition of quality of life. Does your toilet flush? Does your garbage on the street go somewhere out of your sight? Do you or your family have access to basic education, work, health care, safety and cheap electricity? Do you have friends, family or any discernible social life? Well, i have you know that with a flushing loo, and a rubbish bin we have deemed that you have a high quality of life. Remember the easiest way to reach success is to lower the bar.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-10 22:23

      Ah but that is ANC's cunning plan all along from edu through the whole societal structure. Reduce everything to the lowest common denominator and then pronounce that "delivery"

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-10 22:32

    I am so glad the majority of people in Johannesburg has proper sanitation and access to piped water, services Capetonians are so well used to.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-11 02:50

      I guess Cape flats residents are not part of what you call Capetonians.

      Jellyarse - 2012-09-11 10:32

      Don't be so ignorant lerato! By Cape Flats you mean Khayelitsha, the ones who don't pay one fuxxen cent for services and steal their electricity, not the rate paying, tax paying residents!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-10 22:37

    But catastrophically crime is also dominating .

  • aaron.radebe.1 - 2012-09-10 22:46

    This is poor, regurgitative journalism, bordering on ANC propaganda. A survey showing some people were slightly more satisfied with sanitation and refuse removal does not justify the headline that the "Quality of Life" in Joburg has improved. In the last couple of years, my rates have tripled and my light and water have doubled. I keep receiving outrageous R40000 bills and fighting endlessly to fix them. I can literally no longer afford to live in this city. The roads in my area are permanently dug up "for cables" and incessantly potholed. There are growing piles of litter and unkempt public spaces. Everywhere I drive I encounter malfunctioning traffic lights, and live in fear of corrupt metro cops. My neighbourhood has been increasingly overrun by vagrants, and the local police don't seem to give a damn about enforcing my property rights. I've had numerous break ins and there have been 8 armed house attacks and three hijackings in my street in the last year. I can't understand why anyone would possibly think that the quality of life in Joburg has improved. It has rapidly declined.

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-11 10:13

      But Aarnon, that's what it means to be a minorty of tax payers in this country. You pay for the municipalities high salaries and wasteful expenditure and arrogance, as well as all the poor housholds free electricity and water, and in return you get told to do your part and pay taxes and accept everything you just listed above..... a better life for all.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-09-11 01:14

    We participated in preparing that survey - the figure of 17000 is more like 30000. I wonder what happened to the other 13000 questionnaires?

      willem.louw.16 - 2012-09-11 07:52

      Thank you!

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-09-11 04:29

    Its a cooked and crooked survey. This survey needs to be re-surveyed. Joburg life!!!? No! No! No! Nooooo!

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 04:57

    Depends on what you call quality of life. I drove through Hillbrow the other day and was astounded by the amount of garbage was on the pavement and the overflowing sewage running down the hill to the stormwater drains. Welcom to the "first world" city which is fast degenerating into a third world city.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-11 06:02

    just spent 4 dsys in cape town , i was astounded it is spotless , even the centre of town i saw 1 pothole and no faulty robots on arriving back in jhb driving from lanseria saw bottles and paper on the pavements and 1 set of faulty robots , the DA is doing a great job there whereas i cant say the same for the ANC in jhb , jhb is a pigsty .

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-11 06:14

    where in the CBD? What about ALex, and all the townships and squatter camps? Do they have all this stuff? NO!!! Zuma needs to be replaced!!! And fast and the salaries of government neeed to be halved and we need our own president house like in the states that all presidents live in with their families whilst acting as president! stocp wasting Tax payers money on housing for 10 wives and 50kids and his fat lying Zuma self

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-11 06:16

    With the daylight robbery they call rates and Taxes and the way wealth is being re distrusted they should have a 150% happy factor with some spare change for the politicians to BEE into their own pockets.

      Klaus - 2012-09-11 07:16

      I would like to see a breakdown of rates & taxes paid, suburb by suburb, were does this money goes to? Our formerly (20 years ago) white suburbs are criminally neglected

      denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-11 10:09

      Well Klaus - I's read a communication from the Ekhuruleni municipality about two weeks ago...... stating "currently there is one paying household for every three which are sustained, and this will increase to six over the next two years" So guess where your money is going.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-11 07:27

    Well done ANC. All the shacks have electricity, toilets and drinkable running water. I'm voting ANC forever. Couldn't have wished for a better ethical government. An example to all. Bloody jokers. Go away ANC and stay away

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-09-11 08:32

    Sounds like government patting themselves on the back again...

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-11 10:06

    Now imagine what they could achieve if their books were in order, got clean audits and ALL the tax payers money was used for what it's actually meant for!

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-11 10:22

    And all 17000 was Government Officials...

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-11 11:58

    The 17 000 that were surveyed was it in Waterkloof, Lynwood, Sandton, Fairlands, Bryanston????? Life in Gauteng is very very difficult. Wake up and conduct the survey properly,our roads in the suburbs are terrible. Crime is out of control, one has more chance of getting murdered than in a car accident.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-11 12:20

    Dave Everett you are obviously being paid by the ruling party, where do you come up with this rubbish, and then to undermine the students of Wits University. My son went to Wits and I can assure you he would not have acknowledge this dribble.

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-09-11 15:30


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