South Africa Integrated Household Survey

The South Africa Integrated Household Survey is a nationally representative, multi-purpose household survey which contains information on a series of subjects including (but not limited to) household composition, education, health, fertility, expenditures, employment and other income earning activities. The sample consists of approximately 9,000 households in 360 clusters. The survey was undertaken in the nine months prior to the country's first democratic elections in April 1994. The principal purpose of the survey was to collect data on living standards in order to provide policy makers with the data required for planning strategies to implement such goals as those outlined in the Government of National Unity's Reconstruction and Development Programme.

The Survey was coordinated and managed by the Southern Africa Labour Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. In order to broaden the base of the process a small steering committee drawn from social scientists at all three universities in the Western Cape was appointed to oversee the project. At the same time a reference group of persons, drawn from across the political spectrum, was established in order to ensure that the process was as technically sound, politically legitimate, and ideologically unbiased as possible. Funding for the Project was generously provided by the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway working through the World Bank whose participation in the Project enabled the South African team to draw on a wide range of international experience and advice.

For more background information on the Survey, see the Overview . All data files and necessary supporting documentation can be downloaded from the site. To obtain the data, first read the sections describing the formats of the data and documentation, then fill in the 'Data Use Agreement Form', and finally download the data and documents.

Revised 04/07/04