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Ray Hartley Questions Claims Made in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley says President Jacob Zuma’s claim, in his State of the Nation address, that “95% of households have access to water” is misleading.

Addressing the increase in service delivery protests, Zuma stated: “When 95% of households have access to water, the 5% who still need to be provided for feel that they cannot wait a moment longer.”

Hartley, editor of How to Fix South Africa, writes in Business Day that the statistics on South Africans’ access to water have already been thoroughly interrogated by Statistics South Africa and Africa Check, and found wanting.

According to the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) General Household Survey published in 2011, ‘breaking that number down, 43.3% had piped water in their homes, 28.6% had access to water in their yards, 2.7% had the use of a neighbour’s tap, and 14.9% had to make use of communal taps.’

There was more. As Africa Check reported, things were getting worse when it came to water quality.

According to the same household survey, ‘only 62.1% of those surveyed rated the quality of water-related services as “good” compared to 76.3% in 2005.

“About 7.5% of the respondents believed their water was not safe to drink, 8% said their water was not clear, 8.9% said it tasted bad and 11.1% said their water was not free from bad smells.’

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  • How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs edited by Ray Hartley
    EAN: 9780620549882
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