Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has undertaken an annual non-financial census of municipalities with effect from 2002. The purpose of the census is to measure the level of service delivery performance of selected aspects of the functions of municipalities. The results of the census provide information that can serve as a framework for stakeholders and policy-makers for planning and monitoring. It allows national and provincial governments to analyse the actual services provided by municipalities in terms of water, electricity, solid waste management, sewerage and sanitation.



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According to 2012 estimates, 9,5 million consumer units were receiving electricity from municipalities in South Africa, and 2,2 million (23,2%) consumer units had free basic electricity.

Western Cape showed the highest proportion of consumer units that benefited from the free basic electricity policy (43,6%), followed by Mpumalanga (38,6%) and Northern Cape (42,8%). Gauteng showed the lowest proportion (9,9%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (13,8%).

Fluctuations between 2011 and 2012 are due to the change in the mechanisms used by municipalities to roll out such services, from broad-based to either self-targeting, technical or geographical mechanisms.

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