Statistics South Africa
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According to 2012 estimates, 9,0 million consumer units were receiving solid waste management from municipalities in South Africa and 26,5% of the consumer units had access to free basic solid waste management.
Western Cape showed the highest proportion of consumer units that benefited from free basic solid waste management (47,8%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (36,8%) and Mpumalanga (34,6%). The province with the lowest proportion was Gauteng (6,7%), followed by North West (19,6%) and North West (21,0%)
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.