Category Archives: Government finances

Media Statement: Financial Census of Municipalities

29 June 2016 Financial census of municipalities for the year ended June 2015   According to the Financial Census of Municipalities results released by Statistics South Africa today, for the financial year ended 30 June 2015, municipalities across South Africa had received an income of R309 billion from all sources of income, this represented an   read more »


How much do municipalities spend on salaries?

How much do municipalities spend on salaries?

Municipalities spend more money on their employees than on any one of the services provided to their clients/customers. Data from Stats SA’s latest Financial census of municipalities provides interesting insight into the patterns of salary costs across municipalities, as well as over time. Salary patterns across space Employee-related costs took up the largest chunk of   read more »


Media advisory: Financial Census of Municipalities, 2015

Statistician-General to release the Financial Census of Municipalities, 2015 results The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the results of the 2015 Financial Census of Municipalities at a media briefing to be held on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 in Pretoria. The survey collected a variety of financial information from local, district and   read more »


Media Release: Non-financial census of municipalities (NFCM)

07 June 2016 Non-financial census of municipalities for the year ended 30 June 2015 The latest results of the Non-financial census of municipalities (NFCM) released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today shows that the number of consumer units receiving services from municipalities increased between 2014 and 2015. The highest percentage increase from 2014 to   read more »


What municipalities say about service delivery: the supply-side approach

What municipalities say about service delivery: the supply-side approach

If you are interested in the extent of service delivery in South Africa, it might be good to know that it can be measured from two different fronts. In most instances, the extent of service delivery is measured from the demand side. Surveys such as the Population Census, Community Survey (CS) and General Household Survey   read more »


Media Invite: Non-financial Census of Municipalities

6 June 2016 Statistician-General releases the results of the non-financial census of municipalities for 2015 The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Non-financial census of municipalities for the year ended June 2015 (NFCM) statistical release at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 07 June 2016. The NFCM measures selected   read more »


Media Release: General Household Survey (GHS) 2015

Media Release                                                                                                 2 June 2016 General Household Survey (GHS) 2015   More people continued to rely on state coffers as the percentage of individuals that benefited from social grants increased from 12,7% in 2003 to 30,1% in 2015. The percentage of households that received at least one grant increased from 29,9% to 45,5% in   read more »


Facts you might not know about social grants

Facts you might not know about social grants

Data from Stats SA’s latest Financial statistics of national government report1 provides some insights into government spending on social grants. Below are just two examples about the grant spending social welfare system in South Africa. Fact 1: For every R100 national government spends on social grants, R42 goes to family and children grants; R41 goes   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 »


Government education expenditure on the rise

Government education expenditure on the rise

The South African government expenditure on education increased by R20 billion between 2012/13 and 2013/14, based on data from Stats SA’s recent Financial statistics of consolidated general government release. Expenditure over time Total expenditure on education increased by R80 billion over a five-year period, from R169 billion in 2009/10 to R249 billion1 in 2013/14, an   read more »