Category Archives: Education

Tertiary education’s salary bill

Tertiary education’s salary bill

South Africa’s 26 higher education institutions spent R40 billion on compensation of employees in the 2018 financial year. That represents 61% of total spending1, according to the latest Financial statistics of higher education institutions report. This includes line items such as salaries and wages, pension benefits, medical aid, and bonuses. Higher education spending has been in   read more »


Provincial government spending: Education and health

Provincial government spending: Education and health

South Africa’s 123 provincial government departments spent just over R17 600 per second in the 2017/18 fiscal year. That represents a total of R557 billion over a period of 365 days. The bulk of the money flowed into provincial governments’ two main areas of responsibility: education and health. Education took up the lion’s share. For every R100   read more »


More than half of youth have no money to pay for their tuition

More than half of youth have no money to pay for their tuition

More than half (or 51%) of youth aged 18–24 claimed that they did not have the financial means to pay for their tuition. Furthermore, 18% of those aged 18–24 who were not attending educational institutions indicated that their poor academic performance prevented them from participating. This is according to the “Higher Education and Skills in   read more »


Higher education continues to cut capital spending

Higher education continues to cut capital spending

Capital expenditure by South Africa’s higher education institutions continued to fall, for the second consecutive year. The country’s 20 universities and 6 universities of technology recorded a 5,4% drop in capital expenditure in 2017 compared with 2016, falling from R6,22 billion to R5,89 billion. This followed a 0,7% drop in 2016, according to Stats SA’s recent Financial   read more »


Stats SA to ensure VAT change reflected in

MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2018 Stats SA to ensure VAT change reflected in CPI The VAT increase to 15% on 1 April will affect the price of many of the items in the Consumer price index (CPI) basket. Retailers and service providers may adopt different approaches and timeframes to pass this increase onto their customers.   read more »


STATS SA WELCOMES NEW SG

STATS SA WELCOMES NEW SG Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) new Statistician-General, Mr Risenga Maluleke, took over the helm of the organisation on 01 November 2017. Mr Maluleke has 20 years of experience in the organisation, having been appointed as head of the Limpopo office in 1997, before moving to Head Office in 2000 to   read more »


Learners in Khayelitsha to benefit as international population scientists visit their school

Media Advisory                                                                                                                                                                      31 October 2017   Learners in Khayelitsha to benefit as international population scientists visit their school   The new Statistician-General of South Africa and head of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Mr Risenga Maluleke will tomorrow visit Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha and highlight careers in population studies as well as engage educators   read more »


Jump in government higher education spending

Jump in government higher education spending

It’s been three years since the #FeesMustFall campaign erupted on campuses across the country. Thousands of students protested – at times violently – over rising tuition fees. On the back of frustration over the lack of funding for poorer students, the movement resuscitated, in a big way, the debate over whether South Africa should offer   read more »


financial statistics of higher education institutions, 2016

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Media invite: Non-financial census of municipalities, 2016

Media Invite                                                                                                                                                                           26 May 2017     read more »