13 November 2018

South Africa: Slim Standard of Life Upgrade for Gautengers

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Life over the last nearly 10 years is better for more Gautengers - but only just. But if you're black you're still playing catch up, and if you're living in Emfuleni municipality things are getting worse.

These are among the key findings in the fifth edition of the Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO)'s Quality of Life Survey 2017/2018 released today.

Another key trend is that, along with the usual suspects of crime and unemployment being chief concerns for the province's citizens, the new emerging threat, is the impact of drugs and alcohol abuse, especially among the survey's coloured respondents, has taken over as a top three concern.

Now in its fifth edition, the latest biennial survey has been conducted against the backdrop of a change in president from Jacob Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa, and on a provincial level the ghosts of the tragedy of the death of mental health patients at Life Esidimeni and the ongoing e-toll saga on the province's roads.

GCRO director of research, Graeme Götz, presented the findings at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday, saying that...

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