While South Africa grapples with various social and political injustices and is one of the most unequal countries in the world, there have been some improvements to the plight of ordinary South Africans over the last 15 years.
South Africans have grown used to government incompetence, lack of service delivery and general doom and gloom which is reported in the media.
Thanks to the General Household Survey (GHS) which is conducted and released by Statistics South Africa each year it’s possible to report on some good news, the general improvement of certain key areas in the country over the last decade and a half.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the survey has been running every year since 2002 and is conducted between January and December. The survey points out that while South Africans still grapple with numerous challenges there is progress being made in improving the lives of ordinary people.
The survey indicates that the national average of people who have no formal education has dropped by 6.7% since 2002.
The national average for literacy among people aged 20 and over has increased from 91.9% in 2002 to 94.3% in 2017. The Western Cape has the highest literacy rate at 98.1% while Gauteng comes a close second at 97.8%.
A huge majority of those surveyed reported that they were in better health in 2017 as compared to 2002. 30.9% of South Africans said they were in excellent or above average health, 21.5% of those surveyed said their health was very good and 39.9% said their health was good.
EWN.co.za reported that more South Africans than ever are currently connected to the electrical grid. The survey shows that 84.4% of households are connected to the grid as compared to 76.7% of households in 2002.
The number of South African households with access to sanitation has jumped by 20.5% in the last 15 years, while the number of homes with no access to toilets has decreased from 12.6% in 2002 to 3.1% in 2017.
6. Food security
The number of households who are vulnerable to hunger as decreased from 24.2% to 10.4% since 2002.
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