Record num­bers come to city in search of bet­ter life

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ASANDA SOKANYILE

THE pop­u­la­tion of the Western Cape is up sig­nif­i­cantly, as thou­sands of peo­ple from other prov­inces flock to it in search of ed­u­ca­tional and job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

That is ac­cord­ing to Stats SA data handed to Act­ing Pre­mier Bonginkosi Madik­izela yes­ter­day.

The 2016 Com­mu­nity Sur­vey showed the pop­u­la­tion of the Western Cape had in­creased to 6.3 mil­lion this year, up from 5.8 mil­lion in 2011, mak­ing it the fourth most pop­u­lated prov­ince in South Africa. The num­ber of house­holds was also up, from 1.6 mil­lion in 2011, to 1.9 mil­lion this year.

The City of Cape Town is the largest district with the high­est num­ber of house­holds, fol­lowed by the Cape Winelands. The Western Cape saw a net mi­gra­tion of more than a mil­lion peo­ple be­tween 2011 and 2016.

Risenga Maluleke, Stats SA’s deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of sta­tis­ti­cal col­lec­tion and out­reach, said peo­ple chose the Western Cape over other prov­inces be­cause they saw it as of­fer­ing bet­ter jobs and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This re­sulted in 422 050 peo­ple em­i­grat­ing from the prov­ince, but 1.6 mil­lion ar­riv­ing from else­where.

But Maluleke pointed out that black peo­ple ac­counted for the largest growth in em­ploy­ment, at 9.8 per­cent, fol­lowed by In­di­ans or Asians at 6.4 per­cent, whites at 2.1 per­cent and coloured peo­ple at 0.95 per­cent.

About three quar­ters of house­holds had ac­cess to piped wa­ter in­side their homes, and 93.2 per­cent of house­holds had ac­cess to drink­ing wa­ter.

More than 90 per­cent of house­holds used elec­tric­ity for cook­ing and light­ing, and 96.6 per­cent had ac­cess to elec­tric­ity – the high­est in the coun­try.

The Western Cape also had the largest num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing in for­mal hous­ing at 82.4 per­cent. 16.6 per­cent of peo­ple live in in­for­mal dwellings, 29.6 per­cent of house­holds in the prov­ince are ei­ther RDP or gov­ern­ment sub­sidised, and 51.8 per­cent own their homes.

The prov­ince also had the largest num­ber of rented dwellings, at 19.3 per­cent.

Re­moval of refuse at least once a week had how­ever de­creased since 2011, from 62.1 to 61.0 per­cent.

The num­ber of peo­ple with pre-paid Eskom elec­tric­ity had in­creased to 36.0 per­cent this year, up from 28.4 in 2014. Mu­nic­i­pal­ity pre­paid elec­tric­ity was at 50.5 per­cent this year. Madik­izela wel­comed the sur­vey re­sults, say­ing they were in line with the prov­ince’s strate­gies to cre­ate jobs and al­le­vi­ate poverty.

The fig­ures showed the poverty head­count in the prov­ince had de­creased from 3.6 per­cent in 2011 to 2.7 per­cent this year.

Madik­izela said: “If we don’t cre­ate jobs we are a na­tion that is about to per­ish, that is why job cre­ation is at the top of our strat­egy. We are cur­rently sit­ting with a sit­u­a­tion where young peo­ple go to univer­sity but do not know what is avail­able to them in the work en­vi­ron­ment. ”

But to fight the scourge of poverty, lack of ed­u­ca­tion and un­em­ploy­ment, the coun­try had to en­sure a na­tional im­prove­ment.

Madik­izela added that the sur­vey would help the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment re­spond to the needs of the peo­ple af­ter the Au­gust lo­cal elec­tions. asanda.sokanyile@inl.

Western Cape hous­ing fig­ures re­leased by Stats SA

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