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Public divided on Govt. performance

Half of South Africans are pleased with government’s performance on basic services.

The Minister for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation & Administration, Collins Chabane. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Government's development indicators show half of South Africans think the state is performing well when it comes to delivering basic services.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane released the 2012 development indicators report in Parliament on Tuesday.

The report shows that public opinion on government's ability to deliver services dropped to 51 percent as protests increased.

At least 113 major demonstrations were reported by July 2012, compared to just two during 2006.

Chabane says failure to properly maintain infrastructure has affected service delivery.

"Proper maintenance remains a challenge in places affecting the quality and functionality of services."

At the same time, residents have damaged municipal property during service delivery protests throughout the country.

Government has condemned violent protests saying they have no place in a democracy.

The report also shows the percentage of South Africans who are confident in a happy future for all races has declined to 58 percent; down from the 85 percent recorded in 2004 and again in 2005.