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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Sewerage & sanitation

According to 2012 estimates, 9,6 million consumer units were receiving sewerage and sanitation from municipalities in South Africa and 24,2% of the consumer units had access to free basic sewerage and sanitation.

Western Cape showed the highest proportion of consumer units that benefited from free basic sewerage and sanitation (67,7%), followed by Eastern Cape (42,9%) and Limpopo (41,5%). The province with the lowest proportion was Gauteng (6,7%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (13,5%) and North West (15,8%). There were 2,3 million consumer units receiving free basic sewerage and sanitation from municipalities in 2012 compared with 3,0 million consumer units in 2011.

Fluctuations between 2010 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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