Category Archives: Industry

To bean or not to bean – a look at the price of your cup of coffee

To bean or not to bean – a look at the price of your cup of coffee   Coffee. The lifeblood of many. The cup that jumpstarts your morning. The lack thereof creates zombies in offices across the world daily. The joys of drinking coffee are beautifully expressed in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Coffee Cantata, which   read more »


Four facts you might not have known about the manufacturing industry

Four facts you might not have known about the manufacturing industry

Recently released data from Stats SA provide fresh insight into South Africa’s manufacturing industry. In 2014, Stats SA conducted a large sample survey of the industry, covering about 15 000 enterprises. The results of the survey – containing detailed information on income, employment, capital expenditure, salaries and production – were recently published in two reports: Manufacturing   read more »


Media invite: Manufacturing & Construction Industries report

Media advisory                                                22 September 2016 Statistician-General releases statistics on the performance and employment levels in manufacturing and construction industries.   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release reports on the performance of the Manufacturing and Construction industries at a media briefing to be held on Monday, 26 September 2016 in Pretoria.     read more »


South African manufacturing production and the rand (an update)

South African manufacturing production and the rand (an update)

Industry growth rates depend on many factors, and the South African manufacturing industry is no exception. The state of the local and global economy and the rand exchange rate are some of the factors that are watched closely when assessing the performance of manufacturing production.   Figure 1 shows the severe impact of the global   read more »


Media Release: Farming communities are unreceptive towards health survey

 Media release                                    12  September 2016   Farming communities are unreceptive towards health survey fieldworkers       South African Demographic and Heath Survey (SADHS) fieldworkers are experiencing challenges in some areas of the country, which is delaying the completion of data collection for the survey. Most of the areas in which fieldworkers find themselves not welcome are   read more »


A breakdown of the EBA financial pie

A breakdown of the EBA financial pie

You might be surprised to learn that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is not a national government department. It is in fact an extra-budgetary account (EBA), together with other entities such as the Public Protector and the Gautrain Management Agency. Read further to find out how the financial pie is divided amongst this diverse   read more »


Decline in social benefit pay-outs by public entities

Decline in social benefit pay-outs by public entities

South Africa’s 232 extra-budgetary accounts (EBAs) paid out less money in the form of social benefits in the 2014/15 fiscal year. Social benefits are transfers in cash or in-kind to the public that diminishes exposure to social risks such as unemployment, sickness due to disabilities and injury.   Social benefits paid by EBAs amounted to   read more »


Municipalities raise infrastructure spending despite tough economic conditions

Municipalities continue to invest heavily in service delivery-related infrastructure, according to Stats SA’s latest Capital expenditure by the public sector report. Municipalities increased their total capital expenditure (or capex) from R51,7 billion in 2014 to R59,0 billion in 2015, a rise of 14,3%. The largest component of municipal spending on infrastructure in 2015 was on   read more »


A ten-year snapshot of business profitability in South Africa

A ten-year snapshot of business profitability in South Africa

How well have South African businesses performed? This can be a complicated question that can be tackled with a range of indicators. From the wealth of financial data available from the recently published Quarterly Financial Statistics (QFS), Stats SA takes a look at one such indicator: the profit margin ratio.   A limitation of financial   read more »


Construction: what are the costs per square metre?

Construction: what are the costs per square metre?

Stats SA distinguishes between various types of construction activities, including free-standing houses, townhouses, flats, offices and shopping space. The following infographic shows which of these are the most costly to build, according to Stats SA’s latest Selected building statistics of the private sector as reported by local government institutions. Nationally, it would cost you an   read more »