Mbalo Brief – July 2014

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of”. These are the words of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Rolihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela during an address delivered at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto in 2008. In celebration of his service to the South African people and humanity in general, the United Nations declared Madiba’s birthday – 18 July – as Nelson Mandela International Day, a day on which people the world over are encouraged to engage in activities that make the world a better place for the less fortunate in the community.

In this issue of Mbalo Brief, we continue our series of Census 2011 educational articles highlighting census results at metropolitan municipality level. The focus is on the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in this issue. We look at the municipality’s population growth in 2011 in comparison to 2001 and 1996, average household income, access to housing, education levels, and access to basic services, among others.

Solutions for June’s puzzle and a new general knowledge crossword puzzle are included on page iv. Our regulars on price indices and industry performance are also included in this issue. Information on the volume of mining production and value of sales, motor trade sales, retail trade sales, and manufacturing production volumes, among others, are included in the pages that follow.

Articles published in this issue are based on results of industry surveys conducted for the months ranging from April to June 2014 which were released in June and July 2014. For full details on any of the surveys, visit our website at

Spread the spirit of doing good this Mandela Month and help the impoverished in your community on 18 July.

NB! The article on Tourism and migration is not included in this issue of Mbalo Brief due to a delay in the publication of the Tourism and migration monthly statistical release (Statistical release P0351).

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