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This article is taken from the June 1999 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Reality or perception: What is life in South Africa really like?

In April this year six major newspapers carried S&T's research into the homes of millions of South Africans. In-depth articles covering six days of print got the country debating the differences between the reality of life in South Africa and the way we perceive it.

Reality Check was a joint project of Independent Newspapers and the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. Its purpose was to take stock of South Africa's new democracy from the perspective of its people. A survey questionnaire was developed by S&T and administered to 3 000 households in November and December 1998. The sample provides statistically valid findings for the South African population as a whole, as well as for the different races and provinces.

Data analysis was led by David Everatt and Ross Jennings of S&T, and by Mollyann Brodie, vice-president for Public Opinion Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Journalists from Independent Newspapers built on this analysis and wrote a series of articles that were carried in the group's daily newspapers from the 19th to the 23rd of April 1999. A supplement with all the results was carried on 28th April 1999.

The Independent Newspapers' archives on their website have the articles from Reality Check: www.inc.co.za/archives/1999/9904/21/keiser1904

 

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