Meat prices beefing up the cost of Braai Day

Meat prices beefing up the cost of Braai Day

Patrick Kelly – Executive manager for Price statistics, Statistics South Africa, explores the true cost of ‘Braai Day’. South Africans love meat. This is obvious from our cultural affinity for a braai or ShisaNyama. Many celebrated ‘Braai Day’ on this week’s Heritage Day holiday. This importance is also evident from the prominence of meat products   read more »


Stats SA profiles the elderly population in South Africa

Stats SA profiles the elderly population in South Africa

The percentage of the population aged 60 years and above rose from 7,1% in 1996 to 8,0% in 2011, constituting an increase from 2,8 million to 4,1 million individuals. This is one of the findings contained in the Profile of Older Persons in South Africa report, which was released by Stats SA at the Population   read more »


Provincial governments continue to invest heavily in education and health

Provincial governments continue to invest heavily in education and health

Of the R395 billion spent by provincial government during the 2012/13 financial year, 43% (R170 billion) was spent on education, while 30% (R119 billion) was spent on health. This is one of the findings from the latest release of Stats SA’s Financial Statistics of Provincial Government report, published on 29 September 2014. The remaining R106   read more »


Electricity sales continue to be the major source of income for municipalities

Electricity sales continue to be the major source of income for municipalities

Municipal total income for the quarter ending June 2014 amounted to R68,4 billion; the main source of income was from sales of electricity, contributing 29,5% (R20,2 billion). This was one of the findings from the latest Quarterly Financial Statistics of Municipalities (QFSM) report, released on the 29th September. Other contributors to municipal income were grants   read more »


The South African workforce shifts towards skilled jobs, but patterns still differ between race groups

The South African workforce shifts towards skilled jobs, but patterns still differ between race groups

There has been a shift in the last twenty years from low-skilled to semi-skilled and skilled work within the South African workforce. This was one of the results presented by the Statistician-General Pali Lehohla on the 15th September at a media event on youth unemployment. Comparisons of data from the 1994 October Household Survey and   read more »


Inflation for August slightly up to 6,4%

Inflation for August slightly up to 6,4%

Consumer inflation (headline CPI) edged up slightly to 6,4% in August compared with July’s reading of 6,3%. The increase was mainly a result of upward pressure from food and motor vehicle prices.  Annual food and beverage inflation, which registered 8,8% in June and July, climbed to 9,4% in August.  Food inflation has been increasing since   read more »


Stats SA profiles persons with disabilities

Stats SA profiles persons with disabilities

Stats SA has released an in-depth report on persons with disabilities. The report, written using Census 2011 data, is the first in a series of in-depth analyses of various Census 2011 variables, such as ageing and education. The report provides statistical evidence relating to the prevalence of disability and characteristics of persons with disabilities at   read more »


Fewer deaths recorded in 2012

Fewer deaths recorded in 2012

The overall number of deaths in South Africa continues to decline. This was one of the findings from the Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2012: Findings from death notification report, which was released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday. Just over 480 thousand deaths were registered in South Africa in 2012. This   read more »


Media Release: Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, 2013

Media Release 02 September 2014 Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, 2013 The number of consumer units receiving basic services from municipalities and service providers (water, electricity, sewerage and sanitation, and solid waste management) has increased from 2012 to 2013. The largest increase from 2012 to 2013 in the provision of services was in sewerage and sanitation   read more »


Media Advisory: Census of Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release 29 August 2014 Contact: Lesedi Dibakwane 0828057088 lesedid@statssa.gov.za Census of Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, 2013 Stats SA will brief the media on the findings of the Census of Non-Financial Census of Municipalities, 2013. This statistical release provides baseline non-financial information on municipalities.  The release also outlines among others, the number   read more »