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
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