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Shack fires, deaths from smoke inhalation and darkness in informal settlements could be problems of the past once four new inventions become staples of everyday life.
South African households' vulnerability to hunger has declined in the past 10 years, from 23.8% in 2002 to 11.5% in 2011, Statistics South Africa reports in its latest General Household Survey.
The proportion of South African households living in informal dwellings has decreased to 14.4%, says Statistics Sa, while 74.4% of households now have access to piped water.
The state injects over R3-billion a month into poor households' budgets through social grants, providing support to over 10 million South Africans.