The South African Cities Network has released its latest State of South African Cities Report , looking at the state of affairs in the nine largest municipalities in South Africa.
There were some sobering findings emerging from the report. Unemployment is unsurprisingly rife in all the major urban areas. Nelson Mandela Bay had the highest level of joblessness, at 35.7%; followed by Msunduzi (34.2%), Johannesburg (32.6%), Mangaung (32.5%), Ekurhuleni (32.3%), Buffalo City (29.7%), Tshwane (29.1%), Cape Town (22.5%) and Ethekwini (22%).
Other key findings include;
One in five people living in the biggest cities stay in informal housing
- The population of Johannesburg has grown by nearly 30% since 2011
- Residents of Cape Town seem to live the longest at an average of 65.6 years in 2020, while the life expectancy in Mangaung is the lowest at 54.5 years