SA tops for liv­ing, says sur­vey

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SOUTH Africa’s sunny skies make it the sec­ond-most pleas­ant place to live in the world if chas­ing the per­fect cli­mate is your thing – Zim­babwe takes first place – and be­lieve it or not, SA is not as crime-rid­den as you think. Nor is it the cheapest.

Th­ese are some of the find­ings of the 2010 Qual­ity of Life In­dex, which is re­leased in Jan­uary ev­ery year by In­ter­na­tional Liv­ing mag­a­zine, which ranks 194 coun­tries on qual­ity of life.

“This isn’t about best value, nec­es­sar­ily,” it says, of its fi­nal re­sults, gleaned from gov­ern­ment in­for­ma­tion, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and The Econ­o­mist. “It’s about the places in the world where the liv­ing is, sim­ply put, great.”

SA did not fare badly, se­cur­ing a rank­ing of 66 over­all, along­side Mex­ico, Is­rael, Tai­wan, South Korea and Ire­land.

But it is in the cat­e­gory, risk and safety, that SA’s score of 86 will prob­a­bly sur­prise many crime-weary lo­cals.

The list ranks South Africa as safer than Ghana, China, Cuba, In­dia and the Philip­pines. Its res­i­dents are as safe as those in Poland, Ice­land, Tu­nisia and Turkey.

In the cost of liv­ing cat­e­gory, SA’s score of 59 puts it in the same bracket as Aus­tralia, the US and Ger­many. If it’s af­ford­abil­ity you’re af­ter, head to New Zealand, Canada, Ar­gentina and Bul­garia.

It’s no won­der that the most po­ten­tial for so­lar en­ergy lies in SA, which scores 98 for cli­mate with only Zim­babwe, se­cur­ing 100. SA sits at a comfortable 83 for free­dom of its cit­i­zens, along­side Ar­gentina, Croa­tia, Brazil and Botswana.

On leisure and cul­ture the coun­try takes a spot at 60 – ranked along­side Nor­way, Spain, and Rus­sia. But SA’s eco­nomic rank­ing, at 45, is low, shar­ing a place with Malaysia, In­done­sia, Mau­ri­tius, Croa­tia and the Sey­chelles. And on health, again, its scores poorly at 57, in the same cat­e­gory as Bo­livia, Brunei and Peru.

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