Property Rights Index in South Africa compared to Africa

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Angola 36
Benin 36
Botswana 58
Burkina Faso 38
Burundi 26
Cameroon 43
Cape Verde 43
CAR 13
Chad 31
Comoros 37
Congo(Brazza) 35
Congo, DR 41
Cote d'Ivoire 43
Djibouti 12
Eq. Guinea 35
Eritrea 36
Ethiopia 33
Gabon 36
Gambia 39
Ghana 52
Guinea 16
Guinea-Bissau 34
Kenya 45
Lesotho 52
Liberia 34
Madagascar 35
Malawi 36
Mali 37
Mauritania 23
Mauritius 64
Mozambique 41
Namibia 54
Niger 34
Nigeria 35
Rwanda 64
Sao Tome & P. 38
Senegal 44
Seychelles 55
Sierra Leone 37
Somalia 7
South Africa 68
Sudan 31
Swaziland 54
Tanzania 34
Togo 34
Uganda 39
Zambia 50
Zimbabwe 27

South Africa: Property rights index

A subcomponent of the Index of Economic Freedom, the property rights index measures the degree to which a countrys laws protect private property rights, and the degree to which its government enforces those laws.

Higher scores are more desirable, i.e. property rights are better protected. Scores are from 0 to 100.

The index also assesses the likelihood that private property will be expropriated and analyzes the independence of the judiciary, the existence of corruption within the judiciary, and the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts.

The Global Property Guide considers protection of property rights as a significant factor affecting the desirability of a residential real estate investment.

Source: The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal

South Africa does not publish official house price statistics, but ABSA Group releases good house price data. ABSA has a monthly house price index and quarterly property projections. General economics statistics are available from the Reserve Bank of Africa and the First National Bank (FNB). FNB releases quarterly economic forecasts as well.