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Survey Reveals that South Africa Rises in Development Despite the Rough Edges

The Community Survey released on Thursday evening is the second most prominent statistics in South Africa, following the Census.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla released the latest figures this evening at the Presidential Guest House in Tshwane.

The survey is done in between the five years in which the Census is done.

Community Surveys are conducted to determine, in more detail, how municipalities are faring between each other and in the country as a whole.

Issues such as access to electricity, water supply, provision of adequate toilets and access to computers and the internet are some of the comparative statistics released in the 2007 Community Survey – the most recent survey before Thursday’s 2016 release.

The highlights from the 2016 Community Survey show several interesting figures.

The first highlights the increase in South Africa’s population size since 2011 at 3.9 million. Three provinces – Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape – have the highest populations.

There has been an increase in access to electricity and water across all the households surveyed

• Gauteng: 13.4 million

• KwaZulu Natal: 11 million

• Eastern Cape: 7 million

Northern Cape remains the province with the smallest population at 1.2 million people.

Black Africans make up the majority of the country’s population (44.9 million), followed by Coloureds (4.9 million), whites (4.5 million) and Indians/ Asians (1.4 million).


Enrolment levels have remained consistently high. Statistics for the Community Survey show that from 1996 to 2016, education enrolment for young children has had a significant increase.



Enrolment for ages five to seven

• 1996: 22.5%

• 2016: 91%

Females have a higher non-attendance in educational institutions than males (2016 figures only)

• Limpopo: 56% of female non attendance

• Eastern Cape:  54.7% of female non attendance

• KwaZulu Natal: 53.8% non attendance


There has been an increase in access to electricity, and water across all the households surveyed.

Piped water cross-country

2011: 13.2 million

2016: 15.2 million


1996: 58.1%

2016: 90.3%


2011: 57%

2016: 60.6%


Western Cape: 2.7%

Gauteng: 4.6%

Northern Cape: 6.6%

KwaZulu Natal: 7.7%

North West: 8.8%

Eastern Cape: 12.7%

Source: sabc


Written by How Africa

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