Mbalo Brief – September 2022

Every year the United Nations (UN) chooses several topics that will become a focus area for one year. On 18 May 2021, the General Assembly of the UN declared 2022 the International Year of Glass. The spotlight on glass is to shine a light on the role of glass in our societies and show how   read more »


Mbalo Brief – August 2022

The Mid-year population estimates (MYPE) offer key indices and estimates regarding births, deaths and migratory movements in the country, as well as key estimates by age, sex and geographical data that assist in planning for and addressing the needs of the population. The upcoming Census 2022 results (to be published in 2023) will be a key source   read more »


Mbalo Brief – July 2022

Since 2019, the world has been faced with the outbreak of different diseases. These diseases have been spreading at a fast pace, and affect a number of people across the world. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, monkeypox (a viral zoonotic disease that can spread from animals to humans and from one   read more »


Mbalo Brief – June 2022

Since our last issue of Mbalo Brief, Stats SA has painted a clear picture of the state of our economy in two of its statistical releases namely Gross domestic product (GDP) and the Quarterly labour force survey (QLFS). The gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2022 grew by 1,9%, representing a second consecutive   read more »


Mbalo Brief – May 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) would like to appeal to Western Cape residents to take part in the completion of the Census 2022 questionnaire after an extension period. This appeal comes after the province has been lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of completeness of the data collection. Nationally, 88% of households   read more »


Mbalo Brief – April 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Census 2022. As of the 20th of March 2022, more than 12 million households, from an estimated 17,4 million households, had been counted. From the 24th of March 2022, Stats SA commenced with the census mop-up phase. During the mop-up phase, fieldworkers were to visit all   read more »


Mbalo Brief – March 2022

On 23 March 2022, it marked exactly two years since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the COVID-19 lockdown (an emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home except for essential purposes) in South Africa for 21 days from 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020. Although the lockdown was meant to last for only   read more »


Mbalo Brief – February 2022

Census 2022 is finally underway. It kicked off with Census Night on Wednesday, 2 February 2022 and will run until 28 February 2022. Thousands of Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) fieldworkers will visit more than 17 million households to count the country’s population, in not only the fourth census since the country’s transition to democracy,   read more »


Mbalo Brief – November 2021

On 8 October 2021, the South African government launched a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The COVID-19 vaccine certificate is only available to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The certificate is meant to enable vaccinated people to provide proof of vaccination status. The vaccination certificate will also help those who are vaccinated to attend   read more »


Mbalo Brief – October 2021

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is the official agency that measures South Africa’s inflation rate. Up until now, Stats SA has been collecting price information for categories of products typically purchased in retail outlets through field workers who have been using paper questionnaires. However, starting from the first quarter of 2022, Stats SA will be   read more »