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Stats SA: Hunger has decreased

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla presented the 2013 General Household Survey in Pretoria.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The number of hungry people in the country has decreased over the past decade, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said on Wednesday.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla presented the 2013 General Household Survey in Pretoria this afternoon.

He says grant beneficiaries have increased from 12,7 percent a decade ago to 30,2 percent of the population now.

Lehohla also says more people have access to running water.

Nationally, 63,2 percent of households rated the quality of water-related services as good.

Free State, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga residents have consistently been the least satisfied with many complaining of foul-smelling water.

Earlier this month, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria is responsible for the recent deaths of three babies in Bloemhof in the North West.

The institute says more than 500 people were also infected after drinking water was contaminated with the bacteria four weeks ago.