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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Solid waste management

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.


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