Stats SA to conduct poverty survey
Stats SA will conduct a survey to measure the levels of poverty and inequality in the country.
JOHANNESBURG - Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says its survey to measure the levels of poverty and inequality in the country will allow it to reassess the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket of goods and services.
The survey was launched in Pretoria on Wednesday.
Stats SA says the collection of data will begin in October and will be concluded next year, with approximately 32,000 homes visited.
Stats SA's deputy director-general Kefilwe Masiteng says information gathered will include education, housing, social welfare and health.
"This survey mainly measures what we call the poverty levels in the country. The benchmark that we are at is that it has to update what we call the poverty line. At the moment we are sitting at about R321 as the lower level of poverty."