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Mbalo Brief- February 2017

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) aims to bring more easy to understand statistics to the people of South Africa in 2017 and beyond. This was shown through the commitment by Stats SA to host the first ever United Nations World Data Forum. The forum was held on 15 to 18 January 2017 at the International   read more »

SA jobs shrink in Q2

SA jobs shrink in Q2

The South African formal sector employment shrank by 67 000 jobs in the second quarter of this year. According to the June 2016 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey released by Statistics South Africa, an estimated 9 218 000 persons were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy. Quarterly employment losses were observed in all   read more »

Mbalo Brief – February 2016

Some parts of South Africa have experienced severe drought due to shortage of rainfall. According to the South African Weather Services (SAWS), the lowest annual total rainfall over the full 112-year period has been the January to December 2015 period. This period recorded an annual total of only 403 millimeters of rainfall. Government declared Mpumalanga,   read more »

Rising food prices: where are the most vulnerable?

Rising food prices: where are the most vulnerable?

A growing number of forecasts reveal that food prices might rise sharply in coming months. Survey data show which parts of the country are most vulnerable. Current data point to an agriculture industry that is struggling. During November 2015, in the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in 23 years, Stats SA released gross domestic   read more »

SA economy added 7000 formal sector jobs in quarter 3 of 2015

The September 2015 Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed that an estimated 8 951 000 persons were employed in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy. This reflected a quarterly increase of 7 000 employees (+0,1%) between June 2015 and September 2015 and an annual increase of 4 000 employees (0,0%) between September   read more »

Industry code list

11 Agriculture, hunting and related services 111 Growing of crops; market gardening; horticulture 112 Farming of animals 113 Growing of crops combined with farming of animals (mixed farming) 114 Agricultural and animal husbandry services, except veterinary activities 115 Hunting, trapping and game propagation, including related services 116 Production of organic fertilizer 12 Forestry, logging and   read more »

The Importance of Census

Why is it important to conduct a population census? The most important aspect in any society is human capital. Census is important because this process helps compile a numerical profile of South Africa. This in turn informs decision-making at all levels both in government and the private sector. A population census is a total count   read more »


ASSOCIATION FOR MATHEMATICS EDUCATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (AMESA) The aim of AMESA is to promote mathematics education by enhancing the quality of teaching and learning of mathematics in South Africa. The strategies adopted to achieve this aim include, among others, the provision of forums for all concerned with the teaching of mathematics at all levels   read more »

Quarterly Employment Statistics, March 2014

Key findings on employment and earnings for the quarter ended March 2014 The number of employees in the formal non-agricultural sector of the South African economy increased from an estimated 8 498 000 employees in December 2013 to an estimated 8 507 000 employees in March 2014. Statistics South Africa released the results of the   read more »

Mbalo Brief – February 2014

Most of us start every year with proclamation of goals we would like to attain in that year. For some, however, these are just resolutions for New Year’s Day and are quickly forgotten as soon as the first month of the year ends. As we put 2013 – the year in which we laid to   read more »

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Mtubatuba is one of the five municipalities within Umkhanyakude District Municipality in KwaZulu Natal. Mtubatuba was named after the inkosi Mtubatuba of the Mkhwanazi Clan. It is situated on the north-east coast of the province, and was home to 175 425 people. Covering an area of approximately 1970km Mtubatuba Municipality was one of the most urbanised municipality within the district, with 15% of the municipality falling under urban areas.

The two main town areas are Mtubatuba and St Lucia. The vast majority of the municipality was under traditional authority - almost 80% - indicating a high proportion of people residing in scattered, rural villages under the jurisdiction of traditional authorities. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site falls under Matubatuba.

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Nkandla is situated in a remote area of breathtaking mountainous beauty, which consists mainly of tribal lands and state-owned land. The area has a wealth of undisturbed forests, which boast many indigenous species. Nkandla has a claim to be the cradle of Zulu history. From Malandela to Shaka, to Dingane and Cetshwayo, Nkandla has been at the centre stage of the Zulu nations history. The graves of King Malandela and Cetshwayo are at Nkandla. Nkandla Town is the only urban area in Nkandla Municipality which offers the full array of urban development, albeit at a smaller scale compared to the majority of towns in KwaZulu-Natal. This includes low-density residential, active and passive open space, schools, commercial areas, service-industries, churches, offices, government buildings an services, financial services, more »


The municipality is named after the Mfolozi River, and forms part of the Uthungulu District Municipality. The Mfolozi Local Municipality is ideally placed for both industrial and residential development, as well as the expansion of its existing timber more »


uMlalazi Local Municipality is made up of the towns of Eshowe, Mtunzini, and Gingindlovu. The villages of Amatikulu and Ntumeni, together with considerable rural hinterland, cover one of the largest geographical areas of all municipalities in South Africa, with a total area of 2217 km2. The municipal area is dominated by tribal areas, and 14 Tribal Authorities exist within the area (uMlalazi municipality website). The area appears to have sufficient sources for the provision of water. A complicating factor is the undulating topography, which is characteristic of the entire municipal area. In some instances it is therefore difficult and expensive to provide these services. Arterial roads through the area are in good condition. In practically all instances district roads and farm roads are in poor condition and in need of more »

Greater Kokstad

The Greater Kokstad Municipality is one of the municipalities of the Sisonke District Municipality. It lies on the south-west tip of KwaZulu-Natal and is bordered by Matatiele Local Municipality on the west, Lesotho and part of the Eastern Cape on the north-west.The Greater Kokstad Municipality covers a land area of approximately 2682 km and shares its borders with KwaSani, Matatiele, Umziwabantu local municipalities, and the KwaZulu-Natal enclosed portion of the Eastern Cape. It is one of the five municipalities that make up the Sisonke District Municipality. Greater Kokstad Municipality functions as the district node and dominant commercial centre in the Sisonke more »

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