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Hunger decreased by 12% in South Africa since 2002 – Survey

Alexandra, Johannersburg, South Africa

Living conditions in South Africa has improved over the years, according to the 2016 General Household Survey.

More households in South Africa have access to improved sanitation, piped water, electricity, health and education, according to the report released by Statistics South Africa (Stats-SA) on Wednesday.

The report found that between 2002 and 2016, the percentage of households that experienced hunger decreased from 23.8% to 11.8%, while the percentage of individuals who experienced hunger decreased from 29.3% to 13.4%.

About 13.5% of South Africans households were living in RDP or State subsidised dwellings, up from 5% in 2002.

Some residents have, however, raised concerns about the quality of subsidised houses, with 10.7% saying that the walls were weak or very weak, while 10.4% regarded the dwellings’ roofs as weak or very weak, according Statistician General Pali Lehohla.

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