I. About CBMS-South Africa

Year Pilot-tested


CBMS Coverage Area

Mutale and Tzaneen, Limpopo Province


Although the government of  South Africa conducts regular poverty monitoring surveys, the macro-level analysis camouflages differences in poverty that are based on district and location municipal conditions. These differences can be explained in terms of the general multidimensional nature of poverty in location municipalities. Poverty monitoring surveys in South Africa is significantly institutionalized both in design and coverage at the national level, however, the non-existence of any institutional mechanism to generate poverty data at the local level remains a significant constraint in designing an effective poverty reduction agenda.

The South African local government structure is decentralised making it conducive to the implementation of the CBMS. The local government structure is dealt with in terms of the Municipal Structure Act 117 of 1998 which sets out the categories and types of municipalities.

The objectives of local governments are:

    1. to provide democratic and accountable government for local communities;
    2. to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner;
    3. to promote social and economic development;
    4. to promote a safe and healthy environment; and
    5. to encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in the matters of local government.

Project Activities

  • Orientation and Capacity building
  • Pretesting of Survey Instruments
  • Data collection, editing and encoding
  • Data processing
  • Data validation

II. Institutional Partner


University of Venda

III. Forms, Paper, and Reports


Public Reports

IV. Contact Information

Inquiries regarding CBMS-South Africa may be sent to:


University of Venda

Private Bag X 5050 Thohoyandou 0950

Limpopo, South Africa

Contact Numbers: 270159628000


Ms. Grace Bicha-Oloo

Senior Lecturer, Center for Rural Development for Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda

E-mail: bichagrace@yahoo.com; Grace.OLoo@univen.ac.za

Phone: 27724836848


Key Project Team Members

Ms. Grace Bicha-Oloo (Center for Rural Development for Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda)

Prof. Julian May (Howard College, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

Prof. Armstrong Kadyamatimba (University of Venda)



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