Mbalo Brief – November 2016

Severe thunderstorms resulting in heavy rainfall and flash flooding have hit parts of Gauteng since 9 November 2016. According to South African Weather Services (SAWS), areas that were mostly affected were the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipalities. The flash flooding (a sudden flood in a low-lying area commonly caused by periods of heavy   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2016

Many thought that the year 2015 would go down in history as a year second only to 1976 in the way that students took to the streets in a stand against something they did not agree with (through the Fees Must Fall movement). However, in September 2016, a resurgence of the movement was ushered in.   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2016

Drought still continues to be a challenge for most parts of the country and it might take time to recover due to lack of rainfall. According to the inter-ministerial task team on drought, dams across the country were at their lowest levels in years. In 2015, the national dam levels were estimated at 64,3% of   read more »

Mbalo Brief – August 2016

The right to vote is one of the most basic and fundamental rights in a democracy. It is also a basic privilege in which citizens exercise their right to choose those who must govern and represent them. On the 3rd of August 2016, the country participated in the 2nd local government elections, whereby South Africans   read more »

Mbalo Brief – July 2016

The Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla and Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, released the results of the Community Survey (CS) 2016 on 30 June 2016. The survey reflects the progress that the country has made 20 years since Census 1996 in terms of educational attainment, service delivery, poverty reduction and access   read more »

Mbalo Brief – June 2016

As we know, June is Youth Month in commemoration of the positive role played by young people of 1976 in demanding their rights as equal citizens of this country. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprising where hundreds of young people were killed by the apartheid government when they protested against   read more »

Mbalo Brief – May 2016

Protests and violence continue to rage through South African universities. In the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Vanderbijlpark Campus, students clashed with police and set alight university property. The protesting students are calling for the removal of the security company currently contracted by the University. Meanwhile, in Rhodes University, female students took to the streets   read more »

Mbalo Brief – April 2016

On 6 April 2016, the South African President Jacob Zuma proclaimed that the local government elections will be held on 3 August 2016. This is the fourth local government elections since the country’s first free and fair non-racial general elections held on 27 April 1994. Local government elections are held to elect members of the   read more »

Mbalo Brief – March 2016

The much anticipated Community Survey 2016 (CS 2016) kicked off on 7 March 2016. Over 10 000 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) field workers across the country will visit 1,3 million sampled households collecting data until 22 April 2016. Unlike previous surveys of this magnitude, this year the CS 2016 will use the Computer Assisted   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 »