Citizens around the world celebrated International Literacy Day on 8 September 2019. This day, which was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1966, has been celebrated annually with the key aim to highlight improvements in literacy and numeracy rates while also providing a chance to reflect on the world’s literacy challenges. The UN has dubbed this year’s
theme as literacy and multilingualism in support of indigenous languages across the world. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has listed literacy as a key element in measuring sustainable development across countries. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist and at the same time the demands for skills required for work evolve rapidly.
In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on the Gross domestic product (GDP) second quarter 2019 (Statistical release P0441), which was published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on 3 September 2019. The article looks at the performance of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in the South African economy, as well as exports and imports for the period under review. Also have a look at our monthly crossword puzzle and solutions for the August 2019 puzzle.