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  • Almost 92% of South Africans know their neighbours’ names – really high compared to countries like the UK and US.
  • The survey also found that almost 86% of SA households would ask any of their next-door neighbours to watch their house if they were going away.
  • And almost 80% of South Africans would trust their neighbours to look after their children.
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A new survey by Statistics South Africa shows that almost 92% of South African households polled know their neighbours’ names - far higher than in countries like the US and the UK.

A recent UK poll found that only 27% of Brits knew their neighbours’ names. In the US, one survey found that only half of Americans knew their neighbours’ names – the same as in Australia, according to one poll in that country.

The Stats SA survey found that in the rural areas of South Africa, more than 97% of South Africans knew their neighbours’ names.

Eastern Cape recorded the highest proportion (96%) of households who know their neighbours’ names, with Gauteng (86%) the lowest.

Source: Stats SA

The survey also found that almost 86% of SA households would ask any of their next-door neighbours to watch their house if they were going away. In the Western Cape (85%) and Gauteng (78%), households were less trusting

Still, this was far higher than in the US, where only 66% of Americans who know at least some of their neighbours would feel comfortable asking to leave a set of keys with them for emergencies. 

Interestingly, the number of households would ask any of their next-door neighbours to watch their house if they were going away are on the increase, up slightly from five years ago.

And around 79% of South Africans would trust their neighbours to look after their children – in rural areas, this was almost 90%.

The highest number was in KwaZulu-Natal (87%), while the Western Cape (72%) and Gauteng (70%) had the lowest proportions of households who trust their neighbours to look after their children.

Source: Stats SA

The Stats SA survey showed that the vast majority of households indicated that there are no active forums that discuss or deal with community-related issues in their neigbourhoods.

 

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