Category Archives: Inflation

Media invite: GDP Q2 of 2016

Media advisory 01 September 2016 Statistician-General to release Gross domestic product (GDP), Q2 2016   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Gross domestic product (GDP) estimatesfor the second quarter of 2016 at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 in Pretoria.   The media briefing will   read more »


The secret life of a slab of chocolate

The secret life of a slab of chocolate

You might celebrate World Chocolate Day today (7 July) by sitting back and feasting on your favourite slab of sugary goodness. At Stats SA, we love our chocolate. But we also love data and all things statistical. So, to honour today, we’ve teased out a few facts about the price of chocolate that you, as   read more »


South Africa’s CPI reveals how volatile inflation hurts the poorest

Patrick Kelly, Executive Manager for Price Statistics, provides some insights into how inflation affects the most vulnerable. The combined effect of the severe drought and the depreciation of the rand drove annual food inflation to 9,8% in March, its highest level in four years. Periods of high food inflation often spark an outpouring of concern   read more »


Taking stock of food prices

Taking stock of food prices

Many have commented on South Africa’s drought and how rapidly food prices have been rising. The latest release of Stats SA’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) unpacks the South African food basket to examine which items might be contributing to your rising grocery bill. Imagine a basket sitting in front you, filled with a range of   read more »


Stats SA releases Gross domestic product (GDP), Q4 2015

24 February 2016 Media Invite       Stats SA releases Gross domestic product (GDP), Q4  2015 The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for the fourth quarter of 2015 at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 in Pretoria. The media briefing will be   read more »


Tourism: employment, economy and foreign income

Tourism: employment, economy and foreign income

Much has been said about the importance of tourism, particularly of its role in economic growth, employment and attracting foreign exchange. The latest Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report provides indicators of tourism’s role in these three spheres. Time series for much of the data are now available (10 years).   Tourism as a   read more »


South African manufacturing production and the exchange rate

South African manufacturing production and the exchange rate

The South African economy was hit hard by the global economic crisis of 2008/2009. The country’s manufacturing industry contracted sharply, and its subsequent recovery has been insufficient for the volume of manufacturing production to return to its pre-crisis level. Figure 1 shows SA’s manufacturing production (volume) compared with OECD industrial production.1 Preliminary manufacturing data for   read more »


Rising food prices: where are the most vulnerable?

Rising food prices: where are the most vulnerable?

A growing number of forecasts reveal that food prices might rise sharply in coming months. Survey data show which parts of the country are most vulnerable. Current data point to an agriculture industry that is struggling. During November 2015, in the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in 23 years, Stats SA released gross domestic   read more »


It’s cheaper in the Western Cake #WorldCakeDay

It’s cheaper in the Western Cake #WorldCakeDay

In honour of cake day on 26 November, we are taking a fresh look at the latest price data of this popular dessert. Stats SA published a story on the price of cake in July 2015, we now look at how prices have changed since then. Interestingly, there hasn’t been any big changes. The average   read more »


Media Invite: Stats SA releases Gross domestic product (GDP), Q3 2015

Media Invite                                                        19 November 2015 Stats SA releases Gross domestic product (GDP), Q3 2015 The Statistician-General of South Africa, Mr Pali Lehohla, will release the Gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for the third quarter of 2015 at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 in Pretoria. The media briefing will be   read more »