The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Minister Jeff Radebe, MP officially released the 2014 Development indicators in Pretoria. As with the previous publications, the seventh edition employs quantitative measures to track progress made in implementing key government interventions based on data sourced from government administrative databases, research institutions in South Africa and abroad as well as official statistics.
Key areas of good performance are:
- South Africans’ life expectancy increased by 9 years from 52 years in 2004 to 61 years in 2014. Infant mortality dropped from 58 to 34 deaths per 1 000 live births between 2002 and 2014. Over the same period under-5 mortality dropped from 85 to 44 deaths per 1 000 live births.
- South Africa contributed to halting and reversing the spread of HIV (MDG 6). The number of HIV positive persons on anti-retroviral treatment in South Africa was at 2.8 million in 2014, which is a significant portion of the global target of 15 million. The global target was achieved ahead of schedule in 2015.
- The percentage of households in low living standards (LSM 1 to 3) decreased from 40% to 11% over the period 2000 to 2013.
- The number of households has expanded from 10.8 million to 15.6 million between 2002 and 2014. Over the same period, the share of households accessing basic services increased from 77% to 86% in the case of electricity, from 80% to 86% for water infrastructure exceeding RDP standards and the share of households accessing sanitation went up from 62% to 80%.
- The share of 5-year olds attending early childhood development facilities more than doubled from 39% in 2002 to 87% in 2014.
- In 2014, 84% of adults in South Africa were literate, up from 73% in 2002. South Africa reflects favourably compared to other African and Middle Eastern countries in international comparisons.
- Combating the unacceptably high levels of crime remains a priority. Between 2002 and 2013, the number of serious crimes reported was reduced from over 5 thousand to 3.5 thousand per 100 000 population.
- Since first assessed in 2006, South Africa persistently performed well in terms of the public having access to budget information and provided with the opportunity to participate in budget process at national level. In 2012 we were rated second out of one hundred countries, with our strongest competition coming from New Zealand, UK, Sweden, Norway, France and the US.
- Tax revenue has grown significantly due to economic growth, a broader tax base and more effective revenue collection. The income tax register has been expanded from 3 million taxpayers in 1996 to almost 20 million in 2014.
- Almost 15 million international travellers arrived in South Africa in 2013, double the number in 2005. Tourism generated 4.6% of total employment in 2012, up from 4% in 2005 and contributed R93 billion to GDP in 2012, more than double the R45 billion in 2005.
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