WHILE other provinces have made significant strides in the past decade, the Eastern Cape is still lagging behind, with the highest reliance on social grants and the least access to water, energy and sanitation.
This is according to the 2012 General Household Survey report released by Statistics South Africa yesterday.
The report indicated that the Eastern Cape had the highest percentage of individuals (40.3%) who were grant beneficiaries. This was followed by Limpopo (37.7%) and KwaZulu-Natal (36.1%), compared to 16.5% in Gauteng and 20.1% in the Western Cape.
These included pensions, disability grants,child support grants,care dependency and foster care grants, grants-in-aid and social relief.
Similarly, more than half of households in the Eastern Cape (58.2%) received at least one grant, compared to 27.2% of households in Gauteng and 34.2% in the Western Cape.
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