Source: Stats SA Graphics24

SA at a glance
Stats SA released its General Household Survey 2013 this
week, offering a glimpse into homes in all nine provinces
and how we live. Here are a few things you should know:
Mostly, we farm not for money, but to
produce extra food to eat in tough times.
This is the case in all nine provinces and is
particularly true in the Eastern Cape and
Limpopo, where 86.1% and 91.5% of
respondents,
respectively, said they
farmed for their
tables, not their
wallets
In the Western Cape,
alone among the nine
provinces, the most
common reason given
for farming
respondents) was
‘leisure activity’
Most of us – nationally –
make the biggest chunk
of our household income
through salaries,
wages or commission
In the Northern Cape and the
Free State, 1%of respondents
said they had absolutely no
household income. That
means no salaries, grants,
remittances, pensions or what
the survey calls ‘other sources’
The Eastern Cape is SA’s grant
capital: 37.4%of respondents
chose grants as their main source
of income. Gauteng (8.3%)
recorded the lowest percentage
nationally of those who rely on
grants
We notice and care about our environment.
Waste-removal problems and littering bothered the
highest percentage of respondents (36%). We’re very
worried about land degradation and soil erosion –
15.5% of us were concerned about this in 2003 and
33.9% of us panicked this time around
At least 12.3% of
the working
population works
from home, so they
don’t need transport
Here’s the breakdown of asset ownership percentages across SA
(the report doesn’t provide a per-province look):
The report describes ‘asset poverty’
as an ‘economic and social condition
that is more persistent and prevalent
than income poverty’. In rural areas
across the country, residents own
far fewer fridges, vehicles,
televisions, washing machines
and electric stoves than their
urban counterparts
(49.1% of
58.4%
86.1%
37.4%
8.3%
91.5%
Computers
Electric stoves
Televisions
Fridges
Vehicles
Washing machines
6.6%
71.6%
68.6%
56.8%
11.8%
11.5%
We’re a nation of walkers
7.6% use
taxis
Other
Other
At least 69.5%
of those attending
school walk to get
there
9.1%travel in
a private car
The numbers
shift when it
comes to work:
33.6% of us
use private cars
22.5% taxis
18.8% walk

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