SA’s poorest households spend too much on transport – Stats SA

Public transport is considered affordable when commuters spend less than 10% of their disposable income.

FILE. Cape Town CBD taxi rank. Picture: Chad Roberts/Primedia

JOHANNESBURG - A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) survey has found South Africa's poorest households are spending far too much of their disposable income on transport costs.

Public transport is considered affordable when commuters spend less than 10 percent of their disposable income on transport.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla says the study found two thirds of the country's lowest income earners used more than 20 percent.

"When you look at the modes of travel and how much it costs, it's a very heavy cost to both education and industry and the policy position actually tries to address that. But the reality is that that has not been addressed."