2020 non-financial census of municipalities: More homes using bucket toilets

Uveka Rangappa spoke to Statistician-General Risenga Maluleka about the findings of this census.

FILE: Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke. Picture: GCIS

The results of the 2020 non-financial census of municipalities have been released, which measures aspects of service delivery across the country.

Uveka Rangappa spoke to Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke about their findings.

The census looks into the service delivery of water, electricity and solid waste management, sewage and sanitation among other aspects, as well as staffing of municipality members.

This report will then be released at a national level, as well as a district and provincial level in order to facilitate discussions between members of the community and elected officials.

Our job is to make sure we make this [information] available, we share this information with stakeholders, as in government, society, scholars so that they can continue to engage with one another.

Risenga Maluleke, Statistician-General

This can help show which municipalities are able to provide services and which areas are struggling.

According to Maluleke, there has been an increase in the number of households making use of a bucket toilet system, particularly in the Free State.

In terms of the delivery of free basic services, there has been a rise in electricity and a decrease in water and sanitation and solid waste management services.

In addition to this, the census revealed that in terms of the goal to have equal-gender representation, the number of women mayors is sitting at 32% and women councillors are at 41%.

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