SA tops for living, says survey
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.