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In September this year 30000 households will participate in the first Statistics South Africa in-depth poverty levels survey.
The Stats SA Living Conditions Survey will use randomly selected homes that will represent all races, ages and incomes, and the results are scheduled for release in the first half of 2010.
Stats SA communications manager Trevor Oosterwyk says there is no extensive data to determine the levels of poverty and for several years there has been a call for clarified data.
He says the data will answer questions about who should be regarded as poor, and what constitutes such a determination.
He says: "Some African countries, Brazil and China have been running similar surveys for a long time, but this is the largest sample of living standards in the world.
"In South Africa there has never been data answering simple questions, such as, 'what do people have that makes them poor?' The survey will contribute in time to the country's understanding of the different levels of poverty.
"We are hoping that the survey will be able to answer various questions about access to basic services in education, health, housing, and jobs.
"It will be able to guide critical areas of intervention, which might have changed, helping to ensure that the right programmes reach the right people, and that they are geographically and spatially specific.
Statistics South Africa says it will introduce an official poverty line index in March.
Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said during his budget speech last week that fighting poverty required reliable monitoring and measurement tools.