Category Archives: Poverty and Inequality

World Toilet Day 2018

World Toilet Day 2018

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 60% of the global population, or 4,5 billion people, either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta. To commemorate World Toilet Day, which is celebrated on 19 November, the focus will be on improving access   read more »


Who is most likely to be affected by long-term unemployment?

Who is most likely to be affected by long-term unemployment?

South Africa’s official unemployment rate is on the increase. In the past 10 years (2008–2018), the unemployment rate has increased from 21,5% to almost 28,0%. Unemployment refers to those persons who were not employed, had taken steps to look for a job or to start a business and were available to take up a job   read more »


While crime increases, fear rises and trust in criminal justice system drops

The general level of crime as estimated by VOCS has been declining during the past five years but increased in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Household crimes increased by 5% to a total of 1,5 million incidences of crime while individual crime also increased by 5% to a total of 1,6 incidences, affecting 1,4 million individuals aged   read more »


How do women fare in the South African labour market?

How do women fare in the South African labour market?

The South African labour market is more favourable to men than it is to women and men are more likely to be in paid employment than women, regardless of race. According to the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa, the official unemployment rate has been relatively high since 2008. In the last   read more »


The latest household statistics and more

Service delivery protests in South Africa have become a widespread occurrence in recent years. Residents take to the streets in protest against poor services received in their communities, hoping that their voices will be heard and their problems fixed. Communities are raising their voices about issues such as access to electricity, housing, water and sanitation,   read more »


South African economy gains formal jobs in fourth quarter

South African economy gains formal jobs in fourth quarter

Figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed that South Africa’s formal non-agricultural sector added 81 000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural to 9,8 million. The QES also showed formal sector jobs rise by 18 000 in the fourth quarter compared with the   read more »


Municipalities: where are the bucket toilets?

Municipalities: where are the bucket toilets?

At the end of last year, mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip made a commitment that the city would eradicate bucket toilets in informal settlements by the end of 20171. It’s not surprising that the pledge was made: the municipality has the highest number of bucket toilets in the country, according to data released   read more »


Media release: Social profile of older persons 2011-2015 report

Media release 29 March 2017 Social profile of older persons 2011-2015 report The elderly population account for 8,1% of South Africa’s population, this is a proportional increase of 0,1 of a percentage point compared to 2011 (8,0%). Between 2001 and 2016, the proportion of older persons in the population increased by 0,8 of a percentage   read more »


Media advisory: The Social profile of older persons report and the 2015 census of the South African mining industry report

Media advisory                                                                                            27 March 2017   Statistician-General to release the results of the Census of Mining and a report on the Social profile of older persons   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release two key datasets at a media briefing to be held on Wednesday, 29 March 2017   read more »


Media invite: Statistician-General to release the Community Survey 2016, Agricultural Households report

  Media advisory                                                                            25 January 2016   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the   read more »