The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) was established in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), with municipalities in Gauteng also represented. The objective of the GCRO is to inform policy in various spheres of the Gauteng government with data on the quality of the lives of people who live in Guateng. The Quality of Life Survey IV was conducted in 2015 and 2016.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Household and individual
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset available for licensed distribution
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory's Quality of Life Survey collects data on demographic details of the enumerated population (population group, gender, age, language) and on housing (dwelling type, tenure, satisfaction with dwelling, perceived quality of housing and housing allocation) as well as household services (water, sanitation, refuse, energy sources). Data was also collected on migration, health (including disability), education and employment (including employment sector). Data on community services and amenities was also collected, and on transport, leisure activities and safety and crime. Financial data was collected (including on debts, income, and social grants) and data on household assets. Data on public participation and governance was also collected during the survey. Finally, the survey collected data on the perceived personal wellbeing and quality of life of respondents.
The Quality of Life Survey covers the whole of Gauteng and also areas with GCR 'footprints' in the four neighbouring provinces of Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The lowest level of geographic aggregation of the data is municipality.
The lowest level of geographic aggregation in the Quality of Life Survey IV 2015-2016 is municipality
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory's Quality of Life Survey covers all household residents of Gauteng and selected areas of the four neighbouring provinces of Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
Producers and sponsors
Gauteng City-Region Observatory
University of Johannesburg
Gauteng Provincial Government
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The survey instrument (questionnaire) which was used was provided by the GCRO. The instrument was similar to the questionnaire used for the initial Quality of Life survey, with new questions being added only where questions from the previous survey were removed. This was done with the intention of keeping the duration of the survey the same as the initial one. The survey instrument was a 20 page questionnaire, broken up into 12 sections. The bulk of the possible answers were pre-defined, such that most of the survey could be answered using a combination of tick-boxes or by writing down a number from a predefined set. There are therefore not many open-ended questions in the survey.