Eastern Cape the worst province to live in: SAIRR Research

DECEMBER 30, 2014

The Eastern Cape is the worst province in which to live, while Gauteng is the best and Limpopo has been ranked as the safest – that’s according to a report by the South African Institute for Race relations (SAIRR).

This week SAIRR released a Fast Facts report, which assesses the nine provinces according to a number of economic and social indicators ranging from education to health.

“The key finding is that, on aggregate, Gauteng is the best province in South Africa to live in, followed in descending order by the Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Free State, North West and Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape,” said SAIRR’s Thuthukani Ndebele. 

Key findings included:

  • Only Gauteng and the Western Cape are economically viable units in the sense that they account for larger shares of the country’s GDP than they do of the total population.
  • Economic rankings, built on indicators ranging from economic growth rates to unemployment levels, saw Gauteng leading with a score of 92 out of a possible 100 followed by the Western Cape at 78. The Eastern Cape brought up the rear with a score of 18.
  • Social rankings drew on indicators from malnutrition levels to matric pass rates. These put the Western Cape first and the Eastern Cape last.
  • Health rankings included indicators such as diarrhoea levels and the proportions of HIV positive women attending antenatal clinics. The Western Cape came in top position, followed by Gauteng. KwaZulu-Natal was in last position.
  • Education rankings relied on indicators from early childhood enrolment to the proportion of adults with a degree. Here the rankings saw Gauteng come out tops with a score of 92, followed by the Western Cape at 86. The Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, and the Northern Cape were tied last at 32.
  • Service delivery rankings drew on data ranging from access to piped water to the presence of regular refuse removal services. The Western Cape led the service delivery standings and its neighbour, the Eastern Cape, fared the worst.
  • Crime rankings were built on murder, robbery, and assault rates. This time Limpopo emerged as the safest province overall and the Western Cape the most dangerous.
Key findings of the IRR report shows Gauteng far ahead on most factors that matter

Key findings of the IRR report: Only in the category of unemployment is Gauteng beaten to the top spot (Limpopo, Western Cape and KZN do better in that respect.) By contrast, Eastern Cape is bottom in three of the five categories.