Mbalo Brief – July 2018

This year, 2018, marks the centenary (the 100-year anniversary) of the birth of former South African president Nelson Mandela, as well as Albertina Sisulu. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on Mandela’s life and times, and to promote his legacy. The Reserve Bank of South Africa has taken this   read more »


Mbalo Brief – June 2018

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will be launching its first commemorative Nelson Mandela banknote series in celebration of the first democratically elected president’s birth centenary. These notes will be issued into circulation by 18 July 2018 and will cover all denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. As part of the celebrations, the   read more »


Mbalo Brief – May 2018

From 7 to 10 May 2018, the South African tourism industry hosted the annual Africa’s Travel Indaba at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. This is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and the tourism industry as it showcases the variety of Africa’s best tourism products, attractions   read more »


Mbalo Brief – April 2018

On 2 April 2018, South Africa and the world at large received news of the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. She passed away at the age of 81 after a long illness. Dubbed ‘Mother of the Nation’, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became a potent symbol of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle when she was banished and jailed for campaigning   read more »


Mbalo Brief – March 2018

South Africa will host 10th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit which is scheduled from 25 to 27 July 2018. The 2018 Summit will be an important milestone for BRICS cooperation, as it represents a decade of BRICS cooperation at the highest diplomatic level. The summit will see South Africa building on   read more »


Mbalo Brief – February 2018

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   read more »


Mbalo Brief – November 2017

Black Friday is coming to our stores once again. This is one holiday that is known to usher in the festive season shopping and most shoppers always welcome it with excitement as it gives them a perfect opportunity to do their Christmas shopping or buy the goods they have been eyeing for a while at   read more »


Mbalo Brief – October 2017

The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month with the objective of educating the public about mental health and to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness. Mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress are common, and affect individuals, families and the broader community. In   read more »


Mbalo Brief – September 2017

Post the apartheid era (1994), the Nobel Peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu nicknamed South Africa a “Rainbow Nation” as a reference to the diversity of the country’s population; and also a way of encouraging the unity of the different people of the country following decades of racial division, ethnic segregation and language discrimination. South   read more »


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 »