Mbalo brief – March 2023

Language is the primary tool for expression and communication. It is through language that we define our identity, express our history and culture, learn, defend our human rights and participate in all aspects of society to name a few. Every nation should ensure that languages are preserved and protected. In South Africa, South African Sign   read more »

Mbalo brief – February 2023

For the first time in history, the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 World Cup will be hosted on African soil. The global sporting tournament will feature 10 teams who will battle it out to be crowned T20 champions from 10 to 23 February 2023 at three iconic stadiums: Boland Park in Paarl, St George’s   read more »

Mbalo Brief – November 2022

Reports of crime have become a common issue in today’s society. According to the Victim Support organisation, crime is “a deliberate act that causes physical or psychological harm, damage to or loss of property, and is against the law.” This includes acts such as murder, car theft, resisting arrest, possession or dealing of illegal drugs, public   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2022

During the month of October, which is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are reminded of the courageous women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and also honour those who have lost the battle against this debilitating disease. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world, causing a high   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2022

Every year the United Nations (UN) chooses several topics that will become a focus area for one year. On 18 May 2021, the General Assembly of the UN declared 2022 the International Year of Glass. The spotlight on glass is to shine a light on the role of glass in our societies and show how   read more »

Mbalo Brief – August 2022

The Mid-year population estimates (MYPE) offer key indices and estimates regarding births, deaths and migratory movements in the country, as well as key estimates by age, sex and geographical data that assist in planning for and addressing the needs of the population. The upcoming Census 2022 results (to be published in 2023) will be a key source   read more »

Mbalo Brief – July 2022

Since 2019, the world has been faced with the outbreak of different diseases. These diseases have been spreading at a fast pace, and affect a number of people across the world. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, monkeypox (a viral zoonotic disease that can spread from animals to humans and from one   read more »

Mbalo Brief – June 2022

Since our last issue of Mbalo Brief, Stats SA has painted a clear picture of the state of our economy in two of its statistical releases namely Gross domestic product (GDP) and the Quarterly labour force survey (QLFS). The gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2022 grew by 1,9%, representing a second consecutive   read more »

Mbalo Brief – May 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) would like to appeal to Western Cape residents to take part in the completion of the Census 2022 questionnaire after an extension period. This appeal comes after the province has been lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of completeness of the data collection. Nationally, 88% of households   read more »

Mbalo Brief – April 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) would like to thank everyone who participated in the Census 2022. As of the 20th of March 2022, more than 12 million households, from an estimated 17,4 million households, had been counted. From the 24th of March 2022, Stats SA commenced with the census mop-up phase. During the mop-up phase, fieldworkers were to visit all   read more »