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SAIRR: Give ANC more credit

2012-09-11 12:24

Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) deserves more credit for improving the living conditions of poor black South Africans, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Tuesday.

"The ANC may be accused of a lot of things, but the data we have published is unambiguous that the ANC and the government it leads deserve considerably more credit for improving the living standards of poor and black South Africans," SAIRR deputy chief executive Frans Cronje said in a statement.

He agreed with statements made by President Jacob Zuma that South Africa had outdone other African countries in terms of service delivery.

Zuma spoke at the SA Local Government Association's (Salga) special national conference in Midrand on Monday.

Cronje said: "A myth has taken hold in South Africa that service delivery was a failure; however research we have published over the past several years suggests that this is not the case."

According to data published by the research and policy organisation between 1996 and 2010, the number of families living in formal houses had increased by 89.9%.

In the same time period, access to water and electricity in households had risen by 127.9% and 76.6% respectively.

"Increases of a similar magnitude are true for all 15 service delivery indicators tracked by the institute," said Cronje.

He said service delivery successes contributed to the number of South Africans living on less than $2 (R16.44) a day declining from 12% in 1994 to 5% in 2012.

He said service delivery protests across the country were not a sign of the government's failure to deliver.

Instead, the successes of service delivery had raised high expectations which could not be met because of shortcomings in the school system and labour market.

On Monday, Zuma said non-delivery of services had to do with problems created and inherited from apartheid, when large parts of the country had no form of local government.

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Comments
  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-09-11 13:23

    Balls, man.

  • john.jacobs16 - 2012-09-11 13:54

    AT LAST THERE IS ONE PERSON WILLING TO SAY THE TRUTH , A MAN WITH SOME REAL BALLS, GUESS WHAT VERY FEW MEDIA HOUSES ARE WILLING TO COVER THIS ONE CAUSE IT INCONSISTENT WITH THEIR AGENDAS

  • Siya.sindelo - 2012-09-17 09:38

    Men lie, women lie, numbers don't

  • anda.january - 2012-09-17 10:18

    If it achieved so much let it give us the figures of the lives it hasn't done anything for!!!!

  • nananatakemehome - 2012-09-19 14:54

    Access to formal housing has increased by 89%? I thought that squatting has mushroomed everywhere due to lack of formal housing and proper town planning. But of course if people have been living in modern day township caves that are the shanty towns that litter every small hamlet and major city like our proverbial national flower, the grocery plastic bag, then moving a handful of people into these small RDP houses, would be and improvement wouldntb it? Just one curious question, why does the ANC government use biometric data gathering system when it registers those who seek and receive houses, so that the same person or persons, dont crop up everywhere to claim a house, and drain limited resources while depriving other deserving persons of a once in a lifetime opportunity. We could use the over enthusiastic cops to do that, and hopefully theyd be glad to get hold of crooks and lock me up accordingly. That I suggest will help reduce this seemingly insurmountable backlog? Of course you have to ask, 'who really benefits from this chaos? No really? ' Those that this efficient and effective system will deprive of an opportunity to 'steal'.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-19 16:07

    at last these researchers got it right this time, well done!!, reason being their computers did go down during research like previous ones

  • guyp1 - 2012-09-19 16:08

    Clearly the ANC is doing a brilliant (sarcasm) job at popping up random houses in random places and letting people "live" there, but the fact that millions in tax money is disappearing and being used for personal gain would be left out of that equation, or maybe the fact that since certain people have been in powerful positions, education has dropped dramatically, unemployment has sky-rocketed, corruption has become the norm and criminal acts are just another shrugged-off topic. Credit will be given when credit is due, but until then, shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

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