Statistics South Africa
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According to 2012 estimates, 11,7 million consumer units were receiving water from municipalities in South Africa, of which 4,2 million (35,6%) consumer units were receiving free basic water.
Western Cape showed the highest proportion of consumer units that benefited from the free basic water policy (66,4%), followed by Eastern Cape (44,5%) ,North West and Mpumalanga(44,0%) each. The province with the lowest proportion of consumer units that benefited from the free basic water policy was Gauteng (8,1%), followed by Northern Cape (36,1%), and Limpopo (36,7%).
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.