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Johannesburg – Poor households spend most (30%) of their income on food, compared to non-poor households which only spend 10.5%, data from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) revealed.

According to StatsSA’s Poverty trends report for the years between 2006 and 2015, the average household expenditure in the country came to R103 293, up 34% from 2006. This is 75% of an average household income of R138 168.

The data also indicated that nine out of 10 households had access to electricity in 2015, 75.6% reported having piped water and 64.2% had flushed toilets. The average household size was 3.3 members.

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