Report summary: South Africa performed well in the GCPI compared to most Upper Middle-Income Countries due to progress on caregiving and domestic labor protections. For Sub-Index A, South Africa had robust parental leave but lacked flexible work arrangements and dependant leave care policies. Critically, South Africa also lacked regulatory and policy architecture to support and protect its growing migrant domestic worker labor force.
|GDP (USD, billion)||301.9|
|Human Development Index||0.709|
|Women’s Labor Force Participation Rate||50%|
|Percentage of the Informal Economy||27%|
|Old-age Dependency Ratio||8.39%|
|Access to Basic Drinking Water*||89%|
|Access to Electricity*||84.7%|
|Access to Sanitation Services*||83%|
|Access to Essential Health Services*†||69%|
Source: World Bank Open Data, Human Development Index, International Labour Organization 2019, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
* Household access
†The WHO defines essential health services as “the average [household] coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; and service capacity and access; among the general and the most disadvantaged population”
Data correct as of 2020.