South Africa’s national statistical service, Stats SA has released a report on general housing in the country. According to the General Housing Survey released by the organization on Wednesday, South Africa witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of households in formal dwellings.
The survey also indicated that the number of the houses in the formal settle grew from 76% (as at 2002) to 80%. However, it also revealed that there was a decrease in the urban population of South Africans living in informal settlements, from 17% in 2002 to 11% in 2014. And that the percentage of households in informal settlements decreased only slightly, from 13.6% to 13.1% during the same period.
We will recall that as at 2014, North West had the highest proportion of people living in informal settlements at 21%, followed by Gauteng at 19%.
Stats SA Recent Report About SA Youths
On Monday, Stats SA also released a report highlighting some challenges and successes of South African youths. According to the report, young people between 16 and 34 were twice as likely to have experienced assault and robbery crimes than those in older and younger groups.
A breakdown of the report shows that:
•16-24 year olds were most likely to be victims of assault and property theft crime;
•25-34 year olds were most likely to fall victim to robbery;
• Young people constituted the majority of both victims and perpetrators of crime.
Taking a practical look at how the youth in SA spend their time, the report found that most youths spent their leisure time watching TV, socialising, watching sports and attending exhibitions or concerts. And that
• Males between the ages of 15 and 34 spent an average of 173 minutes per day watching TV, and women 163 minutes.
•Men spent 152 minutes per day socialising, and women 130 minutes.
•Men spent 145 minutes daily watching sports or attending exhibitions and concerts, while women spent 116 minutes at cultural activities like