Going with the flow: Tracking products through our economy

Going with the flow: Tracking products through our economy

Economically, no country is an island. Just as a household cannot produce all that it needs on its own, South Africa depends on global trade for a range of goods and services. Take crude petroleum. Figure 1 tracks oil-related transactions across our economy, showing where crude petroleum comes from and where it ends up. The   read more »


Annual consumer inflation holds steady in April

Annual consumer inflation holds steady in April

The annual change in the consumer price index (CPI) was 5,9% in April, unchanged from 5,9% in March. The monthly rate decreased to 0,6% from 1,0%. This is the third time in five months that the annual rate was 5,9%, testing the 6% upper limit of the South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy target range.   read more »


Urgent appeal to Western Cape households to get counted in Census 2022

Residents of the Western Cape have an additional period – until 14 May – to complete the Census questionnaire. The province is still lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of completeness of data collection. Nationally, 88% of households have been counted while the Western Cape is at the 60% mark. Stats SA   read more »


Census 2022 online questionnaire completion now available.

Households have one final opportunity to complete the census questionnaire online before 30 April 2022. Households who have not been counted can go to https://getcounted.statssa.gov.za/#!/home and fill in their name, surname and cellphone number. They will then get an OTP which will give them access to the census questionnaire. Questionnaire completion is quick and easy,   read more »


Transport costs continue to drive inflation higher

Transport costs continue to drive inflation higher

Annual consumer price inflation quickened to 5,9% in March from 5,7% in February, placing it just below the upper limit (6%) of the South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy target range. Transport, housing and utilities, and food and non-alcoholic beverages were the most significant contributors, with transport contributing 2,1 percentage points to the annual rate.   read more »


Maternal mortality rate on the decline in SA

Maternal mortality rate on the decline in SA

South Africa has several transformative and progressive policies and legislations aimed at advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. A review of some indicators suggests that there is an improvement in the quality of life of women over the years. However, women are still faced with adverse health outcomes such as sexually transmitted illnesses, gender-based violence   read more »


Seasonal adjustment: what is it, and why is it important?

Seasonal adjustment: what is it, and why is it important?

In April and May 2022 Stats SA is updating its seasonal adjustment models for monthly business cycle indicators, namely mining, manufacturing, electricity, building, wholesale, retail, motor, tourist accommodation, food & beverages, land transport, and civil cases for debt. What is seasonal adjustment, and why is it so important for measuring and analysing the economy? We   read more »


Part-time job gains offset full-time job losses in Q4 formal non-agricultural sector

Part-time job gains offset full-time job losses in Q4 formal non-agricultural sector

Jobs in the formal non-agricultural sector increased by 62 000 in the fourth quarter of 2021, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector in South Africa to approximately 10,0 million. According to the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES, Q4:2021) survey released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), formal sector jobs increased   read more »


Tightening municipal statistics: Stats SA’s alignment to mSCOA

Municipal financial systems have been overhauled. Under the new Municipal Standard Chart of Accounts (mSCOA) framework, municipalities have changed the way in which they do their finances. As a result, Stats SA implemented changes to its Quarterly financial statistics of selected municipalities (QFSSM) survey. What is the QFSSM? Not only does Stats SA publish data   read more »


How COVID-19 affected food security in SA

How COVID-19 affected food security in SA

The COVID-19 pandemic has had serious implications for the global economy, with food security and nutrition being particularly impacted. South Africa, like many countries around the world, has not been spared. According to a report released by Statistics South Africa, Measuring Food Security in South Africa: Applying the Food Insecurity Experience Scale, almost 23,6 per   read more »