Category Archives: Minerals

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 »


SA jobs shrink in Q2

SA jobs shrink in Q2

The South African formal sector employment shrank by 67 000 jobs in the second quarter of this year. According to the June 2016 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey released by Statistics South Africa, an estimated 9 218 000 persons were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy. Quarterly employment losses were observed in all   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 »


Media Release: Mpumalanga Community Survey 2016 results

  Mpumalanga Community Survey 2016 results   The total population recorded for Mpumalanga in 2016 was 4,4 million, an increase from the population of 4,1 million in 2011, making it the fourth smallest province in the country in terms of population size, after the North West. 49,3% of the population in the province are male   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 »


Ocean fish: measuring a valuable resource

Ocean fish: measuring a valuable resource

Next time you dig into a delicious plate of fish and chips, take a moment to ponder the value of seafood as a natural resource. Stats SA’s latest Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium provides estimates of quantities of fish available in our oceans, as well as data on catch numbers. The oceans that straddle the Southern   read more »


Mining: winners and losers of 2015

Mining: winners and losers of 2015

How did South Africa’s major minerals do last year? With mining recently under the spotlight, Stats SA’s latest Mining: Production and sales release provides an overview of mining performance in 2015. The mining industry performed better in 2015 than it did in 2014. Annual mining production was up by 3,5% in 2015, following a drop   read more »


Don’t let platinum’s recent rise fool you

Don’t let platinum’s recent rise fool you

The 132,2% year-on-year rise in platinum group metal (PGM) production in March 2015 pushed overall mining production up by 18,8%, the second highest year-on-year increase since January 1980. It would be tempting to celebrate in response to the pronounced rise in PGM production, but a closer look at the data tells a more sober story.   read more »


Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium

Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium

South Africa’s natural resources in the spotlight The natural environment provides resources that drive the economy and other human activities. Stats SA recently released estimates on the amount of energy, mineral and fishery resources available in South Africa, and the extent to which these are being consumed. The following are three interesting observations from the   read more »