Municipal services

South Africa: More South Africans receiving municipal services, says Stats SA

The number of consumer units receiving services from municipalities increased between 2019 and 2020, according to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

In releasing the 2020 Non-Financial Census of Municipalities on Tuesday, Stats SA said that for the reporting period, sewage and sanitation showed the largest percentage increase (4.3%), followed by water (3 .9%), followed by electricity and solid waste management (both with 2.3%).

He said: “With the exception of electricity services, free basic services (FBS) provided to consumer units decreased in all other services between fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

“According to 2020 estimates, there were 3.6 million indigent households identified by municipalities, an increase of 6.4% compared to fiscal year 2019.”

Of the 3.6 million indigents identified, 2.7 million indigent households benefited from the indigent support system for water, while 2.1 million benefited from free basic electricity provided by municipalities .

Stats SA said: “In addition, 2.0 million indigent households benefited from the Indigent Support Scheme for Sanitation and Sanitation and 2.4 million indigent households benefited from the Indigent Support Scheme for Sanitation. solid waste management.

The census revealed that bucket toilets provided by municipalities to households increased by 4,696 (11.1%) consumption units, from 42,434 to 47,130 between fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

“The number of people employed by municipalities decreased by 6.6%, from 333,412 in 2019 to 311,364 in 2020 (including funded vacancies),” the report read.