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The Uitenhage and Despatch
Socio-Economic and 
Quality of Life Profile

Background to the Profile
The Uitenhage and Despatch socio-economic and quality of life profile forms part of the Demographic Update that was undertaken between 2006 and 2011. The study was conducted by Development Partners Pty Ltd, for the Human Settlements Directorate of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.  The focus of this study was to scientifically gather information on the quality of life and socio-economic information relevant to the communities and sub-communities of Uitenhage and Despatch. These two communities form part of the Nelson Mandela Metropole. The content of these reports is to serve as a resource to be accessed and to be used by different users that might have different purposes. 

A Word of Caution
Statistics in general and profiles like this one do allow for various interpretations that might be tweaked to suit the purposes of the users. Before drawing any conclusions it is recommended to check these against those of the researchers, in this case, Development Partners Pty Ltd. The report does have a thematic content in the sense that it explores and illustrates the relationship between socioeconomic variables among and within sub-areas of Uitenhage and Despatch. These are presented in the form of "comments" and "reflections" by the researchers and serves as a basis for a set of conclusions and recommendations.

List of Contents 
1. Introduction and Methodology
2. Description: Socio-Economic & Household Quality of Life (QOL) of Despatch & Uitenhage
3. Data collection
4. Socio-Economic Profile of Uitenhage
4.1. Uitenhage Higher Socio-Economic Areas
4.2. Uitenhage Middle Socio-Economic Areas
4.3. Uitenhage Lower Socio-Economic Areas
4.4. KwaNobuhle Socio-Economic Area 1
4.5. KwaNobuhle Socio-Economic Area 2
4.6. Rosedale Socio-Economic Area 1
4.7. Rosedale Socio-Economic Area 2
5. Socio-Economic Profile of Despatch
5.1. Socio-Economic Profile of Despatch (proper)
5.2. Socio-Economic Profile of Joe Slovo
5.3. Socio-Economic Profile of Kayamnandi
5.4. Socio-Economic Profile of Daleview
5.5. Socio-Economic Profile of Reservoir Hills (not available)
6. Reflection on Results 
7. List of References

Socio-Economic Ward Profiles of Uitenhage
Ward 42 Kwanobuhle
Ward 43 Kwanobuhle
Ward 44 Kwanobuhle
Ward 45 Kwanobuhle
Ward 46 Kwanobuhle/De Mist

Strategic Recommendations
Resulting From the Study This profile gives valuable insight into the current quality of life and Socio-Economic indicators of Uitenhage and Despatch. The study concludes with the following recommendations by Development Partners Pty Ltd:
  1. On a Metro level, there is a serious need for a coherent development vision and plan that would enable each sub-community to find its role and place in the ‘bigger picture’. Without this direction-giving mechanism, it is not easy for a community to have a sense of how to add value and how to promote itself in the context of an inclusive and interdependent urban center. 
  2. It is also important that there be greater synergy between high-level strategies and policies in the areas of poverty eradication, economic and industrial development, education and skills development and spatial planning and development. And it is vital that these be devolved to community levels for implementation. 
  3. There is a need for a social compact among different sectors of Metro to take co-responsibility for future development. The potential role of business in the development of local communities, eradication of poverty and enhancing the inclusive quality of life is still to be fully appreciated. 
  4. There is a need for a Metro-wide Socio-Economic Development Agency to facilitate socio-economic development across the Metro. However, higher level vision, planning, strategies, and policies will be without effect if they are not devolved and rolled out to the lower levels of society. 
  5. On a community level, there is a need for a strategically planned poverty eradication and community development process based on empirical socio-economic profiles that culminate in Community Social Compacts, Sustainable Community Development Plans supported by Community Socio-Economic Development Agencies.

More Resources About the Socio-Economic Conditions in the Nelson Mandela Bay

More Resources for understanding the workings of Municipal Councillors and Ward Committees

Other Sources of Information
General Household Survey 2015
General Household Survey 2016
General Household Survey 2017
General Household Survey 2018

GAP Ministries partners with Christian Transformation Network Nelson Mandela Bay in bringing transformation to our communities.