Your job, your economy, your province

Your job, your economy, your province

Kathu has a story to tell. Located in the rural expanse of the Northern Cape, this small town owes its existence almost entirely to iron ore. The streets, the businesses that line them, and the eleven thousand people that call Kathu home, all draw their economic lifeblood from Sishen, one of the largest open-pit mines   read more »


Employment in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased in the Fourth quarter

Employment in the formal non-agricultural business sector increased in the Fourth quarter

Employment increased by 18 000 or 0,2% quarter-on-quarter, from 9 672 000 in September 2016 to 9 690 000 in December 2016. This was largely due to increases in the following industries: trade (68 000 or 3,3%), business services (33 000 or 1,6%) and manufacturing (13 000 or 1,1%). The electricity industry remained unchanged. However there were decreases in   read more »


Media release: Quarterly Employment Statistics Q4 2016

Media Release                                                                                                                    07 April 2017   QUARTERLY EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS, Q4 2016   The current QES survey results are based on a sample drawn from the 2016 Business Sampling Frame (BSF) and therefore the previous trend has been revised to reflect the current growth in the business register.   Employment for the quarter ending December 2016   read more »


Seasonal adjustment: a short primer

Seasonal adjustment: a short primer

Stats SA has, for the first time, included seasonally adjusted data in its Quarterly financial statistics of municipalities. What is seasonal adjustment? Why is it significant? Stats SA breaks it down for you. South Africa’s 257 municipalities play a vital role. Not only do they interact with citizens at a local level, but they are   read more »


Media advisory: Quarterly Employment Statistics Q4 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                              6 April 2017   Formal sector employment statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016 to be released on Friday, 7 April 2017 on the Stats SA website   Statistics South Africa will tomorrow (Friday, 7 April 2017) release the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the fourth quarter of 2016 on its website (www.statssa.gov.za).   read more »


Mining: a brief history

Mining: a brief history

The 1970s are best remembered for disco, bell-bottoms, and the mesmerising lava lamp. It was also the decade that saw South African mining forge ahead in its influence on the economy and employment. How has the economy in general, and mining in particular, shifted since then? Mining’s contribution to total economic production climbed in the   read more »


Media statement: Postponement of the release of Quarterly Employment Statistics

Media statement: Postponement of the release of Quarterly Employment Statistics

MEDIA STATEMENT                                                                                                                                                     2 April 2017 Postponement of Quarterly Employment Survey – QES December 2016 release The Quarterly Employment Survey is establishment based and covers formal sector businesses which are registered for VAT and government departments at all levels. This implies that the survey depends on the business register as a sampling frame. However, new   read more »


Media advisory: Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) Q4 of 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                                                     30 March 2017 Statistician-General to release formal sector employment statistics for the fourth quarter of 2016   The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the fourth quarter of 2016 in Pretoria. The QES measures changes in employment across all industries in the formal   read more »


Media release: Quarterly Financial Statistics of Municipalities December 2016

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                           30 March 2017 Quarterly Financial Statistics of Municipalities December 2016 According to the latest Quarterly financial statistics of municipalities released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) today, purchases of water by South African municipalities decreased by 1,8% between the quarters ended September 2016 and December 2016. Electricity purchases by municipalities over the same   read more »


Media release: The state of basic service delivery in South Africa

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                           30 March 2017 The state of basic service delivery in South Africa: In-depth analysis of the Community Survey 2016 data   Tremendous progress has been made over the past few decades in the delivery of basic services. The Community Survey 2016 found that 89,8% of households used piped water, 63,4% used flush toilets   read more »