Mbalo Brief – August 2020

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is conducting the first ever digital Census trial in preparation for the upcoming Census in 2021. The Census 2021 Trial, which started from 10 August to 06 September 2020 in selected areas around the country, will test online and telephonic data collection to prepare for remote data collection in 2021. Census 2021 is   read more »

Mbalo Brief – July 2020

On 28 July 2020, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) published the Quarterly employment statistics (QES) survey results for the first quarter of 2020. According to the survey, the formal non-agricultural sector shed 3 000 jobs in the first quarter of 2020. This brings the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector in South Africa to   read more »

Mbalo Brief – June 2020

In this month of June, South Africans commemorate the 1976 June 16 uprising when more than 15 000 students in Soweto took to the streets to march against the Bantu education policies. Although the youth of 1976 fought against unequal education and language amongst other issues, the youth of today are faced with a different   read more »

Mbalo Brief – May 2020

On 12 May 2020, the world observed International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale under the theme ‘Nursing the World to Health’. Nightingale was the first person to turn the nursing profession into an organised sector with standardised roles and responsibilities. Nightingale is credited with founding the modern profession   read more »

Mbalo Brief – April 2020

COVID-19, Coronavirus, social distancing or lockdown have become the talk of town. This is a period that will definitely find its way into the world’s history books. Many businesses were forced to put their operations on hold, workers, pupils and students have been forced to stay at home and the South African National Defense Force   read more »

Mbalo Brief – March 2020

Human Rights Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on 21 March each year. On this day in 1960, the community of Sharpevilletownship embarked on a protest march against pass laws. The pass laws were designed to segregate the population, manage urbanisation, and allocate migrant labour. Black South Africans over the age of 16   read more »

Mbalo Brief – February 2020

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is conducting the National Household Travel Survey 2020 (NHTS 2020) in conjunction with the National Department of Transport (NDoT) from January 2020 until March 2020. The aim of the NHTS 2020 is to understand the transport needs and transport behaviour of households and individuals, assess attitudes towards transport services and   read more »

Mbalo Brief – November 2019

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) recently concluded the Census 2021 Mini Test, which took place from 9 October to 6 November 2019 in selected areas around the country. The purpose of this mini test was to test data collection methods, questionnaire and operation systems to prepare for the population census that will be conducted in 2021. However,   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2019

The first Rugby World Cup (RWC) was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia in May and June 1987. A total of 16 countries competed in the inaugural tournament and seven out of 16 places were automatically filled by the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB) members made up of New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2019

Citizens around the world celebrated International Literacy Day on 8 September 2019. This day, which was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1966, has been celebrated annually with the key aim to highlight improvements in literacy and numeracy rates while also providing a chance to reflect on the world’s literacy challenges. The UN has dubbed   read more »