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Stats SA's household survey shows growing dependence on state coffers to get by

An increasing number of South African households rely on social grants to get by, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

Stats SA Deputy Director-General Kefiloe Masiteng says that the economic down turn in the country has affected the rate of social development, and thus the level of state dependency.

Stats SA released the results of the latest General Household Survey, which show that the percentage of people depending on social grants increased from 12,7% in 2003 to 30,1% in 2015.

In addition, the percentage of households that received at least one grant increased from 29,9% to 45,5% in 2015, over the same period.

Many people would end up not in employment, or being left behind, because they are not able to fend for themselves.

Kefiloe Masiteng, Stats SA Deputy Director-General

They do not have enough income in the household to take care of themselves, and that spills over into the state coffers.

Kefiloe Masiteng, Stats SA Deputy Director-General

Masiteng explains how the survey was conducted and how the data was extrapolated.


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