Tuesday, July 15, 2008

State of our nation

Bear in mind that these figures come from that old 'reliable' source "speak out of my arse" Stats SA - so take the figures with a bucket of salt - even though the figures are still quite dismal.

What these figures don't tell you is the quality of life and services.

If 'housing' includes sticking a family of ten in a matchbox house the size of a double garage that starts to fall apart after a year, yeah, then those people have been 'housed'.

If supplying water and electricity means giving them water that contains cholera, blood worms and faeces, then yeah, they have water. I won't talk about electricity.

And how long can these 'services' be maintained if only two-thirds of the people pay for them?

I know, as long as YOU, the honest taxpayer, Mr Sucker, continue to shut up and put up.

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Most of us do not get to Matric, a quarter of us are jobless, and most of us depend on the government for health services.

This is according to the General Household Survey for 2007. The survey has been conducted annually since 2002.

The number of people who completed Grade 12 (Matric/NSC) increased to 23.6% (from 22.1%).

Statistics SA said the percentage of individuals attending an educational i
nstitution increased slightly - to 33.7% (from 32.6%) between 2002 and 2007.

The percentage of children aged 0-4 years attending an educational institution increased to 16.6% in 2007 (from 7.6% in 2002).

The percentage of 5-year-olds attending educational institutions increased to 60.4% in 2007 (from 40.1
% in 2002), whilst the percentage of learners in the six-year age group increased to 87.7% (from 70%), Stats SA said.

The percentage of individuals with no education (aged 20 and above) decreased to 9.3% (from 11.8%).

Among persons aged 7-24 years, the most common reason for not attending an educational institution remained lack of money for fees.

The number of employed individuals increased from 11,145,000 in July 2002 to 12,720,000 (12.7 million) in July 2007.

There was a small increase during the same time period, from 39.2% to 41.9%, in the labour absorption rates.

In July 2007 the u
nemployment rate of 24.8% was 3.8 percentage points lower than in July 2006 and 0.7 percentage points lower than the unemployment rate measured with the Labour Force Survey of March 2007. (*cough* bullshit..24.8% unemployment..? Yeah, right)

The percentage of “more skilled” personnel employed in manufacturing decreased from 18.9% to 16.6% since 2002.

The trade sector experienced the biggest growth in the percentage of ”more skilled’ employees, from 12.7% in 2002 to 17.7% in 2007.

A total of 163,000 people older than 65 were employed. They mainly worked in the
services industry (22%), trade (18.4%) and agriculture (19%).

Medical Aid coverage is lowest amongst blacks, with only 7.4% of individuals covered, and highest in the white population, with a 66.5% coverage.

In the general population, 79.7% of those who were ill or injured consulted a health worker.

More ind
ividuals who used public sector health care facilities were satisfied with the service they received in 2007 (87.6%) than in 2006 (84.2%) and in 2002 (81.6%). (nearly 90% of people happy with public health facilities...?! Have you been to one of those cesspits lately?)

In the private sector, satisfaction levels increased slightly from 95.35% to 96.5% between 2002 and 2007.

The Eastern Cape has the lowest percentage of the population with access to on-site or off-site piped or tap water (at 72.8%). “In spite of this the Eastern Cape has made considerable progress since 2002 when only 55% of the population had access,” Stats SA said.

Improvements were also noticeable in KwaZulu-Natal where access increased to 83.8% (from 75%)
, and Limpopo at 83.4% (from 73.5%). Of those who received piped water from a municipality, 63.5% last year said they paid for the water.

Reasons for not paying include: No metering system (38.7%), no billing system (25%), cannot afford it (22%) and a belief that water should be free (20%).

In spite of the positive ratings of water services, nearly a quarter of water users (24.4%) said last year that they had experienced interruptions in their piped water supply at least once a month or more often.

Water service interruptions were the most common in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and North West.

The ownership of traditional houses increased slightly to 91.4% (from 90.5% in 2002), whilst the ownership of formal separate dwellings increased to 69.8% in 2007 (from 63.4% five years ago).

In numbers, from Stats SA Percentage of households living in formal separate, informal and traditional housing types who own their dwellings.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

unemployment rate of 24.8%?

Is that statistic of the people in his office at the time?

Anonymous said...

"Inflation could be much lower than current official estimates, meaning that the Reserve Bank may have been too hasty in raising interest rates by so much over the past two years, according to Investec, the country's biggest private investment bank.

If Investec is right, it would not be the first time Statistics South Africa has got it wrong. In 2003 it uncovered flaws in Stats SA's inflation numbers, which triggered a hurried downward revision of the figures and eventually led to a few years of spending bliss for consumers after the Reserve Bank lowered interest rates accordingly."


What a bunch of retards Stats SA are! This is a royal fuck up!!!

Anonymous said...

@ anon 11:55..

Read the post further on about the retards at Stats SA.

They are out on the inflation rate number by 2,2%!!