Category Archives: Mbalo Brief

Mbalo Brief – March 2021

On 14 February 2021, the rand was turning 60 years. The rand was first introduced as a South African currency on 14 February 1961, the year South Africa became a republic and Queen Elizabeth ceased to be head of state. The rand takes its name from the Witwatersrand – the ridge on which Johannesburg is   read more »


Mbalo Brief – February 2021

On 21 January 2021, the country received the sad news of the passing of Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu due to COVID-19 complications. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) was one of the government departments that the Minister was responsible for. According to the Statistician-General (Head of Statistics South Africa) Mr Risenga Maluleke, the   read more »


Mbalo Brief – November 2020

African Health Ministers gathered for the 17th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Brazzaville to assess the region’s efforts in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, with more calls to step up vigilance and to prevent a possible resurgence of infections. According to WHO Regional Committee for Africa, most African countries   read more »


Mbalo Brief – October 2020

The World Economic Forum says that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that do not yet exist. This is because many countries and industries are rapidly evolving. What is considered to be in demand now, is not what was in demand 10 years ago and will   read more »


Mbalo Brief – September 2020

In South Africa, the month of September is known as Heritage Month with Heritage Day being celebrated on 24 September. Heritage Day is declared a public holiday and it is celebrated annually to mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage. This year the celebrations took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 theme   read more »


Mbalo Brief – August 2020

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is conducting the first ever digital Census trial in preparation for the upcoming Census in 2021. The Census 2021 Trial, which started from 10 August to 06 September 2020 in selected areas around the country, will test online and telephonic data collection to prepare for remote data collection in 2021. Census 2021 is   read more »


Mbalo Brief – July 2020

On 28 July 2020, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) published the Quarterly employment statistics (QES) survey results for the first quarter of 2020. According to the survey, the formal non-agricultural sector shed 3 000 jobs in the first quarter of 2020. This brings the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector in South Africa to   read more »


Mbalo Brief – June 2020

In this month of June, South Africans commemorate the 1976 June 16 uprising when more than 15 000 students in Soweto took to the streets to march against the Bantu education policies. Although the youth of 1976 fought against unequal education and language amongst other issues, the youth of today are faced with a different   read more »


Mbalo Brief – May 2020

On 12 May 2020, the world observed International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale under the theme ‘Nursing the World to Health’. Nightingale was the first person to turn the nursing profession into an organised sector with standardised roles and responsibilities. Nightingale is credited with founding the modern profession   read more »


Mbalo Brief – April 2020

COVID-19, Coronavirus, social distancing or lockdown have become the talk of town. This is a period that will definitely find its way into the world’s history books. Many businesses were forced to put their operations on hold, workers, pupils and students have been forced to stay at home and the South African National Defense Force   read more »