- A recent survey indicates that white people are experiencing improvement in quality of life much faster than other races
- The survey's results point to the persistence of inequality in South Africa
- The results also indicate that more people are skipping meals because of financial problems
The annual Quality of Life survey by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory indicates that white South Africans have a better quality of life compared to the rest of the country.
While quality of life has been improving for many South Africans, the rate of increase has been much faster for white people.
News24 reports that the survey's senior researcher, Christina Culwick, said this points to the persistence and deepening of inequality.
The study was conducted by the Gauteng provincial government with the help of the University of Johannesburg and Wits University.
The study interviewed about 25 000 Gauteng residents.
Compared to the quality of life improvement of Indians, coloureds and Africans, white people have seen larger improvement.
90% of Gauteng residents had access to piped water, and 67% had no interruptions to water delivery, while only a third of Soweto residents said they never had interruptions.
A worrying finding of the survey is that the number of people who were forced to skip a meal because of financial problems has gone up.
In 2014, 14% of adults had to skip a meal, now it has risen to 20%.
Even more worrying is that 21% of the people who took part in the survey said there had been times when there wasn't enough money to feed the children.
Nearly a fifth of Gauteng parents said their eldest child is in privates school, while many poorer children have to suffer at schools where toilets are missing.
One positive finding of the survey is that love is becoming colour blind. Three-quarters of survey takers stated that they have no problems with interracial couples and marriages.
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