One-fifth of population live in RDP houses: Stats SA

Around a fifth of South African households live in state-subsidised homes, according to Statistics SA’s general household survey released today.

“At the time of the survey, 18.9 percent of South African households were living in RDP or state-subsidised dwellings,” Stats SA said in a report.

Of these, female households were more likely than their male counterparts to receive a government housing subsidy.

Thirteen percent of respondents had at least one household member on a waiting list for an RDP home.

“In 2010, as in preceding years, female-headed households (11.1 percent) were more likely to receive a housing subsidy than male-headed households (8.8 percent),” the report said.

However, some residents were concerned about the quality of these subsidised houses.

Nationally, 17 percent said the walls were weak or very weak and 18 percent said the same of the roof.

Stats SA found “considerable variation between provinces in the perceptions about housing quality”.

The most complaints came from the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape.

“Households in Gauteng and Mpumalanga seemed most content with the quality of their home’s walls and roofs.”

The proportion of people living in informal dwellings appears unchanged between 2002 and 2010 at 13 percent.

However, Stats SA said this period has been “characterised by uneven changes”.

“While the proportion of informal dwellings declined in provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, increases were observed in Gauteng, North West and Western Cape.”

Stats SA found Gauteng had the highest percentage of informal dwellers (22 percent), followed by North West (19 percent), Western Cape (17 percent) and Free State (13 percent).

The smallest proportion was found in Limpopo at four percent.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape recorded seven percent.

The survey was conducted in July, August and September 2010 among 25 635 households in face-to-face interviews. 

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