Tshwane residents earn more - report

2016-06-23 08:42


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Johannesburg – Tshwane residents earn more than their counterparts in eight other cities around the country, according to a report released on Wednesday.    

While the economy in Tshwane was growing rapidly, living in Tshwane had also become increasingly unaffordable for many, the State of the Cities report indicates.

In 2001, the average household income in Tshwane was R94 908, increasing to R182 822 in 2011. National household income in 2011 was R103 204.

The unemployment rate in Tshwane in 2011 was 26.3%. 

The South African Cities Network publishes the report every five years. It looked at Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Msunduzi, Nelson Mandela Bay, and Tshwane. 

Unemployment was a problem in a number of cities.

In Johannesburg, household income doubled between 2001 and 2011, while the cost of living in the city had increased significantly.

The Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal was growing, but unemployment was extremely high and the cost of living had also increased over the same period. The provincial average unemployment rate at the municipality was 33%.  

In Cape Town, the average household income in the city in 2001 was R56 220 and in 2011 it was R112 830.

The city had brought its unemployment rate down to 21.1%, from 29.2% in 2001.

Between 2001 and 2011, economic growth in Mangaung, Free State, and Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, was the slowest among the cities.

The Buffalo City metro in the Eastern Cape had the lowest average household income in the country.

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