Key takeaways:

  • The Quality of Life Index (QOLI) benchmarks South Africa’s progress in improving the quality of life.
  • The QOLI draws comparisons between South Africa’s nine provinces and the different race groups.
  • Indicators used in the index are: the matric pass rate, expanded unemployment, monthly expenditure of R10 000+, tenure status, access to piped water, use of electricity for cooking, access to a basic sanitation facility, irregular or no waste removal, medical aid coverage and the murder rate.
  • The best quality of life is in Gauteng and the Western Cape — each province has a QOLI score of 6.4.
  • White South Africans continue to have the highest standard of living, followed by Indian/Asian, Coloured and Black people respectively.
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