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SA stokvels worth around R25bn

By Sapa | May 15, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 12 ]

The survey, taken from 3750 interviews, found that 23 percent of the population belonged to some 421,000 stokvels.

Stokvels are worth an estimated R25 billion in South Africa, according to a survey by market research company African Response released on Thursday.

The survey, taken from 3750 interviews, found that 23 percent of the population belonged to some 421,000 stokvels.

A stokvel is a group savings scheme, usually run by trusted friends or co-workers. Members contribute a set amount each month and either one member gets the total each month to spend on a personal need, or it is invested and divided among members at an agreed time.

African Response managing director Mamapudi Nkgadima said burial societies were the most common type of stokvel.

"It is a fact that many spend fortunes preparing for death in their community or family, and limited resources towards saving or investment," she said.

"Funerals, or the prospect of a funeral, is an expensive issue in the average stokvel member's life."

The next biggest stokvels were for savings and groceries.

Around 31 people belonged to an average stokvel, although membership could be as high as 100 people in burial stokvels.

The average contribution for a burial stokvel was R134 per member per month, compared to other stokvel types at R190 a month.

"Less than half of what stokvels collect -- in their entirety -- gets saved or invested and this is an area that needs to be looked at," Nkgadima said.

"Stokvel members should be encouraged to explore value adding ways to strengthen their collective savings."

The results were taken from face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample between February and April.


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ZAKA KENGATA MO MZANSI,, and come here to claim ukuthi ni poor

May 15, 2014 1:38 | 1 replies


BISA knew all about this and did something about it read all about it

May 16, 2014 10:15 | 0 replies


Just leave our stokvels as they are, it is a Black thin, we grew up in stokvels and now i am a big family man. I have policies, but still i belong to a stokvel, it is not only about money or burial, much more, you feel a sense of beloging, at times we discuss family issues and we get answers. We dont want SARS to target our stokvels, it is a black thin, I know where you are heading by making the value known to everyone.

May 15, 2014 1:40 | 0 replies


Eintlik Sowetan what is the purpose of writing about this??? Where are the real serious issues???

May 15, 2014 1:41 | 0 replies


In few months there will be stovel tax to be introduced I am telling story here....nxa

May 15, 2014 1:48 | 0 replies


where is MommaC? just need a partner to go do some breading.

May 15, 2014 2:2 | 0 replies


If stokvels are worth R25bn, surely that means something for our economy!!!! There is a story here, A big story.

May 15, 2014 2:29 | 0 replies


Semantics, semantics, semantics. Stokvel and burial society similar? Actually, what exactly is a stokvel? What is the origin of the word stockvel? Refering to group/community saving schemes whereby stokvel is but just one of them?

May 15, 2014 2:48 | 0 replies


Proudly South African Ubuntu in action.

May 15, 2014 3:4 | 0 replies


Proudly South African product. I am a member of 4 stokvels already. Saving for Holiday Stokvel, Grocery Stokvel, White Wedding Stokvel and Burial Stokvel

May 15, 2014 3:27 | 1 replies


But what if you dont get married?

May 16, 2014 7:9 | 0 replies


And abelungu want to do what with this information- our information. Hands off!!

May 15, 2014 4:42 | 0 replies