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Stats SA: SA dissatisfied with shared toilets

Stats SA says South Africans are dissatisfied with shared toilets.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - While most households have improved sanitation facilities, many South Africans are dissatisfied with shared toilets, Stats South Africa (Stats SA) said on Thursday.

Stats SA released the 2013 General Household Survey on Wednesday that looks into service delivery issues.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla admits there are ablution issues.

"The biggest problem is poor hygiene then its fiscal safety. Of course South Africans cant squat on a portable toilet when it is full or else you will spoil yourself at the back."

The organisation also revealed that the number of hungry people in the country has decreased over the past decade.

Lehohla said grant beneficiaries increased from 12,7 percent a decade ago to 30,2 percent of the population now.

It was also discovered 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.