Your monthly update on South Africa’s economic indicators

Stats Biz – March 2018

The tourism sector directly contributed 2,9% to the South African gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, according to the latest release of Stats SA’s annual Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report. The sector also employed just under 687 000 individuals, making it a larger employer than mining and utilities. Explore the economic impact of   read more »


Stats Biz – February 2018

You’ve got no one to blame except yourself. Admit it. You totally forgot about Valentine’s Day. And now you’ve got to come up with something fast! Fancy a candlelit dinner at a restaurant? Or a basket containing chocolate and wine? Stats SA takes a look at the prices of gifts that will warm the heart   read more »


Stats Biz – January 2018

Love, history, taxes, and your home. These are a few of the topics that Stats SA covered in 2017 through the lenses of numbers and statistics. Stats Biz takes a look at some of the more interesting bits of economic data that were published in 2017. Explore these headlines, as well as other stories, in   read more »


Stats Biz – November 2017

Want to know how your taxes are spent? Stats SA recently published a breakdown of government spending for 2015/16. Did you know that more money was spent on servicing debt than on tertiary education, and more on defence than on environmental protection? Explore what else government spends money on, as well as other stories, in   read more »


Stats Biz – October 2017

It’s hard to believe. It goes against what we often hear. Whether chatting with friends around the braai or debating with family at the dinner table, almost everyone has a story to tell about their own experiences with rising prices. Surprisingly, data show that there are in fact items that are cheaper now than they   read more »


Stats Biz – September 2017

If you’re dreaming of one day purchasing a holiday home, and space is important to you, Durban might be the best option. On the other hand, if property costs are your main concern, East London might be a place to consider. Which cities have the largest, and the most expensive, homes? Explore housing prices, and   read more »


Stats Biz – August 2017

South African households spend more on beer than they do on vegetables, according to data from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) release. Beer accounts for 2,1% of total household spending, higher than the 1,5% that is spent on vegetables. How does spending on beer compare to other products such as tobacco and sweets? Explore household   read more »


Stats Biz – June 2017

Which national government departments pay the highest average salaries? The Office of the Chief Justice is ranked as the highest paying department, providing an annual average compensation of R808 249 per employee. Stats SA recently ranked all 47 government departments, using data from the latest Financial statistics of national government report. Explore government salaries, and   read more »


Stats Biz – May 2017

Recent service delivery protests have shifted the spotlight onto local government’s ability to provide vital services to the communities they manage. Are municipalities properly staffed to handle the complexities of service delivery? Stats SA provides a profile of the municipal workforce, shedding light on staff shortages in key departments. Explore municipal vacancies, and other stories,   read more »


Stats Biz – April 2017

Stats SA recently released updated GDP figures for the nine provinces. Gauteng is still the largest provincial economy in the country, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Mining is the most dominant industry in Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga, despite contributing only 8% to national economic production. Explore the makeup of your provincial   read more »