Mbalo Brief – August 2017

Every year, South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. While making their way there, they sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion:   read more »


Mbalo Brief- July 2017

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” These are the words of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Every year on 18 July, people across the globe   read more »


Mbalo Brief- June 2017

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. Every year, June 16 is National Youth Day and is declared a public holiday. Although the youth of 1976 fought against unequal education   read more »


Mbalo Brief- May 2017

Temperatures across the country have begun to drop; this tells us that winter is here. As a result, many households and companies are starting to use electrical appliances to keep the cold away. This usually results in higher electricity bills. One of the ways in which consumers can cut high electricity costs is through house   read more »


Mbalo Brief- April 2017

On 27 April, South Africans celebrate Freedom Day, to commemorate the day on which the first democratic elections were held in South Africa in 1994. This day has since been celebrated annually in South Africa since the first non-racial democratic elections, marking the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new government   read more »


Mbalo Brief- March 2017

On 21 March 1960, 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in Sharpeville to protest against the pass laws (stipulations that required black Africans to carry pass books [dompas] and produce them to law enforcement officials on request). This day became an iconic date in   read more »


Mbalo Brief- February 2017

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) aims to bring more easy to understand statistics to the people of South Africa in 2017 and beyond. This was shown through the commitment by Stats SA to host the first ever United Nations World Data Forum. The forum was held on 15 to 18 January 2017 at the International   read more »


Mbalo Brief – November 2016

Severe thunderstorms resulting in heavy rainfall and flash flooding have hit parts of Gauteng since 9 November 2016. According to South African Weather Services (SAWS), areas that were mostly affected were the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipalities. The flash flooding (a sudden flood in a low-lying area commonly caused by periods of heavy   read more »


Mbalo Brief – October 2016

Many thought that the year 2015 would go down in history as a year second only to 1976 in the way that students took to the streets in a stand against something they did not agree with (through the Fees Must Fall movement). However, in September 2016, a resurgence of the movement was ushered in.   read more »


Mbalo Brief – September 2016

Drought still continues to be a challenge for most parts of the country and it might take time to recover due to lack of rainfall. According to the inter-ministerial task team on drought, dams across the country were at their lowest levels in years. In 2015, the national dam levels were estimated at 64,3% of   read more »