The official launch of the GCRO 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/2018) will take place on 13 November 2018.

The GCRO helps to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and residents all need to make the Gauteng City-Region competitive, spatially integrated, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

The official launch of the GCRO 5th Quality of Life Survey (2017/2018) will take place on 13 November 2018. The launch will be attended by dignitaries from provincial and local government, including Gauteng Premier David Makhura who will formally respond to the survey results.

With just under 25,000 people interviewed across Gauteng’s 529 wards, the 2017/18 Quality of Life Survey is one of the biggest social attitudes surveys in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Quality of Life (QoL) Survey investigates how Gauteng residents experience their lives, providing an holistic assessment of how the circumstances and attitudes of people are changing in the post-apartheid era,” says Dr Rob Moore, Executive Director of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO). “The survey analyses both positive and negative aspects of the quality of life of residents, and identifies key geographic areas and groups that need government intervention and support.”

The survey provides deep insight into many aspects of the quality of life of Gauteng’s residents, and covers a broad range of topics including: access to, and satisfaction with, basic services; satisfaction with government; transport and mobility; livelihoods; migration; neighbourhood, community and family dynamics; race and gender relations; health and well-being; and political and social values and attitudes.

This is the fifth set of results in the series of biennial surveys run by the GCRO since 2009.

Core findings from the 2017/18 data, together with results from the previous four Quality of Life Surveys, highlight key trends in the Gauteng City-Region over time. The story is broadly positive, with evidence of gradually increasing wellbeing and remarkably resilient governmental service provision under challenging circumstances. However, key issues of concern, for both government and society, are also identified.

Dr Moore adds, “As an independent, trusted and respected survey, the QoL data is highly valued by government, civil society and academic researchers. The QoL data is both demographically and spatially representative. This allows local, provincial and national Government to use the data for policy and decision making, target setting, and to gauge the success of the implementation of initiatives. Both provincial and local government are increasingly making use of this data to respond proactively to different issues that arise in particular places.”

Focussing on urban issues in the Gauteng City Region, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), and organised local government in Gauteng (SALGA-Gauteng). Key findings and more detailed results from the Quality of Life Survey will be made public at the official launch on 13 November.

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