South Africa: Property rights

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 South Africa

Property rights index (0-100)

 Latest value 43
 Year 2023
 Measure points
 Data availability 1995 - 2023
 Average 52
 Min - Max 43 - 68
 Source The Heritage Foundation
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1995 to 2023. The average value for South Africa during that period was 52 points with a minimum of 43 points in 2022 and a maximum of 68 points in 2017. The latest value from 2023 is 43 points. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 180 countries is 54 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Africa - Property rights - recent values

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South Africa - Property rights - historical chart - 1995-2023

The property rights index for South Africa from The Heritage Foundation reflects the ability of individuals to accumulate private property, secured by clear laws that are fully enforced by the state. It also measures the likelihood of expropriation in South Africa as well as the extent of corruption in the judiciary and the enforcement of contracts.
Definition: The property rights index measures the degree to which a country’s laws protect private property rights and the degree to which its government enforces those laws. It 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. Higher index values denote more certain legal protection of property.

 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Property rights 43 2023 points
 Freedom from corruption 48 2023 points
 Fiscal freedom 6 2023 points
 Business freedom 65 2023 points
 Labor freedom 72 2023 points
 Monetary freedom 77.00 2023 points
 Trade freedom 72 2023 points
 Investment freedom 45 2023 points
 Financial freedom 50 2023 points
 Economic freedom, overall index 56 2023 index points
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