Category Archives: Industry

African Statistics Day 2017: 4 facts about our economy

African Statistics Day 2017: 4 facts about our economy

“Better lives with better economic statistics.” This is the theme for African Statistics Day 2017, taking place on 18 November. In celebration of this prestigious day, Stats SA explores the archives to find four facts on the South African economy that you might have missed. African Statistics Day was initiated by the United Nations to   read more »


Electricity infrastructure dominates capital spending

Electricity infrastructure dominates capital spending

Recent data released by Stats SA show that public-sector capital expenditure has risen over the last five years, from a total of R203 billion in 2012 to R284 billion in 2016; an average rise of 8,7% per year. Over R1,2 trillion was spent during this five-year period. Well-maintained infrastructure facilitates trade, improves connectivity, attracts investment,   read more »


Electricity: big business for municipalities

Electricity: big business for municipalities

The recent power blackout in Msunduzi municipality again highlights the importance of electricity supply. Large parts of Pietermaritzburg were plunged into darkness for about a week when saboteurs, suspected to be striking workers, disrupted the city’s power grid2. It might be common knowledge that municipalities are involved in power distribution in South Africa, but many   read more »


GDP in the first quarter of 2017 contracted by 0,7%

  Press statement                         Embargo: Tuesday 6 June 2017, 11:30   GDP in the first quarter of 2017 contracted by 0,7%   Gross domestic product (measured by production)   South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate was -0,7% in the first quarter of 2017.1 The largest negative contributor to growth in GDP in the first   read more »


Statistician-General to release Gross domestic product (GDP), Q1 2017

Media advisory                                                                                                             read more »


Three facts about the ICT sector

Three facts about the ICT sector

It might be surprising to learn that the ICT sector is larger than the agriculture industry. This is one of the findings from Stats SA’s latest Information and communication technology satellite account for South Africa report. The document covers ICT’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP), its role in imports and exports, and its   read more »


Media release: Quarterly Employment Statistics Q4 2016

Media Release                                                                                                                    07 April 2017   QUARTERLY EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, Q4 2016   The current QES survey results are based on a sample drawn from the 2016 Business Sampling Frame (BSF) and therefore the previous trend has been revised to reflect the current growth in the business register.   Employment for the quarter ending December 2016   read more »


Media advisory: Quarterly Employment Statistics Q4 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                              6 April 2017   Formal sector employment statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016 to be released on Friday, 7 April 2017 on the Stats SA website   Statistics South Africa will tomorrow (Friday, 7 April 2017) release the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the fourth quarter of 2016 on its website (www.statssa.gov.za).   read more »


Employment in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased in the third quarter

The September 2016 QES survey showed that an estimated 9 282 000 persons were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy. This reflected a net quarterly increase of 93 000 employees (1,0%) between June 2016 and September 2016 following a revised decrease of 96 000 employees (-1,0%) between March 2016 and   read more »


Media advisory: MEC Jacob Mamabolo and Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla collaborate on the use of statistical data to advance Gauteng Public Infrastructure Planning and Monitoring

18 October 2016 Media advisory   MEC Jacob Mamabolo and Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla collaborate on the use of statistical data to advance Gauteng Public Infrastructure Planning and Monitoring   The Statistician-General of South Africa Dr Pali Lehohla, together with MEC Jacob Mamabolo, will brief the media on the planned collaboration between Stats SA and   read more »