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Survey: Gauteng residents unhappy with local government

The survey shows a slight drop in satisfaction with Gauteng municipalities since 2013.

Gauteng municipalities. Picture: Localgovernment.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The latest Quality of Life survey has found that there is a decrease in the number of residents who are satisfied with local government - but the decline also indicates a middle ground for potentially "undecided" voters.

The data, which emanates from interviews with 30,000 residents between last July and May this year, has shown overall that there has been a slight drop in satisfaction with Gauteng municipalities since 2013.

The 2015 survey, which asks questions that inform how the quality of life is measured daily, is the fourth in the series that runs every two years.

With just over a month until this year's local government elections, the survey has given a holistic assessment of life in Gauteng.

One of the key areas it focused on is the satisfaction of residents in receiving key services such as water, electricity, health and education.

Gauteng's City-Region Observatory director, Graeme Gotz, says generally there have been stable levels of satisfaction.

"Government provided dwelling of people satisfied or dissatisfied with that - what we're basically seeing here is that about 75 percent of respondents across Gauteng as a whole are satisfied with the dwelling that they get from government."

The results also show that there is lower satisfaction with government initiatives to grow the economy, with 45 percent of those surveyed failing when starting up their own businesses.