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Animation brings home story of trade potential in Africa

Animation brings home story of trade potential in Africa

Modern tools of communication and dissemination of data create greater possibilities for access, understanding and use.  Stats SA and the African Development Bank have created the attached animation to tell the story of trade potential in Africa. The Statistician-General (SG) for South Africa, Mr Pali Lehohla, will share a presentation with the 24th African Union   read more »


Have your say in the data revolution

Have your say in the data revolution

At the end of August 2014, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Statistician-General, Mr Pali Lehohla, is one of those appointed to this group. For a full list of members please click here. The IEAG has been asked to craft   read more »


Meat prices beefing up the cost of Braai Day

Meat prices beefing up the cost of Braai Day

Patrick Kelly – Executive manager for Price statistics, Statistics South Africa, explores the true cost of ‘Braai Day’. South Africans love meat. This is obvious from our cultural affinity for a braai or ShisaNyama. Many celebrated ‘Braai Day’ on this week’s Heritage Day holiday. This importance is also evident from the prominence of meat products   read more »


Media Release, Mid –Year Population Estimates 2014

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) estimates the population of South Africa to be 54 million as at July 2014, where about 30,0% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 8,4% (4,54 million) is 60 years or older. The Mid-year population estimates further indicate that approximately fifty-one per cent (approximately 27,64 million)   read more »


PHAKISA SANSS!

PHAKISA SANSS!

Phakisa (Hurry up in Sotho) was the Minister in the Presidency, the honourable Jeff Radebe’s message to those gathered at the Statistical Symposium to address the strengthening of the South African National Statistical System (SANSS). After a rousing welcome from the Stats SA choir, joined by the SG, the Minister addressed the meeting, which included   read more »


The Statistician-General’s tribute to Madiba

The Statistician-General’s tribute to Madiba

On 18 July of 1918, somewhere in a small village in the world, on the African continent, in South Africa, in the Transkei, in Mvezo, a royal baThembu family was blessed with a baby boy – a boy who rose to become a world icon – a boy who today stands head and shoulders above   read more »


Late registration of births decreases

Late registration of births decreases

In 1998, 78% of birth registrations were late (births not registered in the same year, e.g. a child born in 2010 is only registered in 2012). By 2012, late birth registrations had decreased to 21%. The Department of Home Affairs has made concerted efforts to ensure that registration of births is made as easy as   read more »


Only 36% of young children (Aged 0 – 4 years) live with both biological parents

A new report on the living circumstances of young children shows that, while 93% of young children have both biological parents still living, only 36% of them live with both biological parents. Most young children (43%) live with only their biological mother, 2% live with their biological father only, and 19% do not live with   read more »


Celebrating 20 years of Freedom and Democracy

Celebrating 20 years of Freedom and Democracy

On 27 April 1994 South Africa cast aside centuries of discrimination and oppression to form a new society built on the foundation of freedom and democracy.  This marked the end of apartheid rule and an introduction of a new Constitutional order, wherein all South Africans work towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.   read more »


Millennium Development Goals report

Millennium Development Goals report

FOREWORD Minister Trevor Manuel, the Minister in the Presidency: The National Planning Commission  We are in the home stretch, 2015 is just around the corner and this Millennium Development Goals report, the fifth in a series of reports since the adoption of the MDG‟s in 2000, is critical in understanding and knowing whether we are   read more »