PROGRESS: Housing in Johannesburg

Johannesburg has beaten Cape Town to become the country’s leading city in providing basic services.

Joburg came first among nine cities in providing households with water, sanitation and refuse removal between 2010 and 2013, according to the “State of South African Cities” report.

The report is released by the South African Cities Network every five years and compares Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Msunduzi, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane.

2013 was a good year for Johannesburg, where access to piped water in a dwelling or yard stood at 90.5%, access to flush, outside and pit toilets 98.5% and refuse removal 96.8%.

Cape Town came a close second, where delivery of water remained stagnant at 89.8% over the same period.

Access to sanitation was 96.3% of households, and refuse removal just under 94% in 2013.