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Gauteng residents feel isolated - survey

A surevy has released results that Gautengers feel isolated.

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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents are feeling increasingly isolated from government according to a new survey.

In the Gauteng City Region Observatory's 2011 Quality of Life Survey, almost four out of 10 people strongly agreed with the statement "no one cares about people like me".

Lead researcher David Everatt said, "There seems to be an appreciation of what government has delivered. Housing has gotten better, security has gotten better, and crime is down. However, I am being treated worse by public officials, and politicians are all corrupt."

He said while there has been marginal improvement in terms of fighting inequality, the province's the measure of this disparity remains high, because of Gauteng's urban centres.

"It's not poverty that is pulling it down; it's the extremes of wealth that are pulling it up. So it's the wealthy people in the city's that are really skewing that index is a worrying way."

Everatt said there is little communication of what's been achieved in terms of service delivery and there is a growing mistrust of government, with broad agreement that corruption is a serious concern.

Close to 17, 000 people were surveyed.