As we were approaching the end of 2017, the Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe, announced the appointment of the new Statistician-General (SG) for Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Mr Risenga Maluleke, on 20 October 2017. The appointment followed the retirement of Dr Pali Lehohla who served as SG from 2000 when he was appointed until his contract ended in October 2017, a period of 17 years. Although Mr Maluleke is the new SG for Stats SA, he is not a new employee to the organisation as he started working for the organisation in 1997 as head of the Limpopo provincial office. He then moved to the Head Office in 2000 and became the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Statistical Collection and Outreach in 2008. During his tenure as the DDG, he held various responsibilities such as the coordination of provincial activities, communication, marketing and stakeholder relations, amongst others. On his first day as the SG, Mr Maluleke visited a school in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape province as part of the International Population Conference’s outreach programme, which was held from 29 October to 3 November 2017 in Cape Town.
In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on living conditions of households in South Africa and outlines income and expenditure patterns in South African households. Also have a look at our monthly crossword puzzle and solutions for the November 2017 puzzle.
Articles published in this issue are based on results of industry surveys conducted for the months ranging from October to November 2017.
Download: Mbalo Brief – February 2018