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A quick look at debt in the private sector

A quick look at debt in the private sector

Data from Stats SA’s Annual financial statistics (AFS) report shows that the debt-to-equity ratio for the private sector as a whole has dropped since 2005. The debt-to-equity ratio is a measure of how much debt a company or industry has incurred to finance its operations relative to equity. Debt refers to how much an industry   read more »


STATS SA HOLDS UP THE MIRROR FOR KWAZULU-NATAL GOVERNMENT

STATS SA HOLDS UP THE MIRROR FOR KWAZULU-NATAL GOVERNMENT

“Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.” Walter Cronkite The Statistician-General for South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, today handed over the results of the 2015 KwaZulu-Natal Citizen Satisfaction Survey (CSS) to the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, the honourable Mr Edward Mchunu.  Handing over the   read more »


The man to honour: Statistician-General of South Africa receives Honorary Doctorate from top South African university

The man to honour: Statistician-General of South Africa receives Honorary Doctorate from top South African university

South Africa’s Statistician-General, Mr Pali Lehohla, was today honoured with an honorary Doctor of Commerce (DCom) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, in recognition of his role in the development of statistics in the country and beyond. The university honoured Mr Lehohla for his trendsetting approach to statistics, innovative leadership and his commitment to enhancing   read more »


STATS SA IN YOUR POCKET

STATS SA IN YOUR POCKET

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today launched the next in its suite of innovative products, designed to make information easily accessible. The original app was launched on 30 October 2012, simultaneous with the launch of the Census 2011 results, the first set of data that was made available on the app. Mobile phone technology has   read more »


Stats SA celebrates African Statistics Day 2015

Stats SA celebrates African Statistics Day 2015

African Statistics Day is celebrated every year on November 18. This celebration of African statistics aims to increase public awareness of the important role that statistics plays in all aspects of social and economic life in Africa and in preserving the environment in which people live. The theme for this year’s event is “Better data   read more »


Navigating the water crisis: where do we need the skills?

Navigating the water crisis: where do we need the skills?

With South Africa in the grip of drought, the role of local municipalities to provide clean water, maintain infrastructure, and reduce wastage has become more important than ever. Recent data on staff vacancies show which municipalities are struggling to fill funded posts in their water management departments. Municipalities in Free State seem to be struggling   read more »


SG attends 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics in Guadalajara Mexico

SG attends 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics in Guadalajara Mexico

Challenges and opportunities in advancing human endeavor through SDGs: Guarding against the tyranny of technology and numerology Pali Lehohla Statistician-General South Africa 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy Guadalajara Mexico 13-15 October 2015 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present the last opportunity for the universe to mend its ways and advance human   read more »


Better Data Better Lives – Stats SA keeps rolling

Better Data Better Lives – Stats SA keeps rolling

By Pali Lehohla “Better data, better lives”, is the commitment from official statistics organisations across the world as part of celebrating World Statistics Day, October 20 2015.  Guided by the Fundamental Priniciples of Official Statistics and the call from United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon that “statistics are critical for evidence-based decision making across all   read more »


Enjoy your pint, but be aware of price…

Enjoy your pint, but be aware of price…

If you are thinking of celebrating international beer day on 7 August 2015 with your favourite pint, take a few moments to consider how this beverage might affect your pocket. South Africans love their beer. Households allocated 60% of their expenditure on alcoholic beverages to this type of drink, followed by wine (23%) and spirits   read more »


Slow growth rate in tourist arrivals in South Africa in 2014 but salient characteristics remain virtually unchanged

Media Release                                                                                          04 August 2015 Slow growth rate in tourist arrivals in South Africa in 2014 but salient characteristics remain virtually unchanged According to the 2014 Tourism report released by Statistics South Africa, 9,5 million tourists were recorded among a total of 15,1 million people who arrived in South Africa in 2014. In the recent   read more »