Your monthly update on South Africa’s economic indicators

Stats Biz – November 2018

The South African economy grew by 2,2% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2018, bringing to an end the country’s second recession since 1994. Higher contributions to growth in a number of industries – most notably in manufacturing, transport as well as finance and business services – were enough to lift economic growth back into   read more »


Stats Biz – October 2018

South Africa’s 20 universities and 6 universities of technology spent R5,89 billion on capital expenditure in 2017. The bulk was directed towards the construction and maintenance of buildings such as laboratories, lecture halls and residences. The second most important item was furniture, taking up 14% of capital expenditure. Explore capital expenditure, and other stories, in   read more »


Stats Biz – September 2018

It might sound like an anecdote from a reminiscing grandparent, that there was a time you could completely fill your petrol tank (45 litres) with just R270. Those good old days weren’t that long ago, actually. The price of inland 95-octane petrol fell to a low of R6,01 in January 2009 on the back of   read more »


Stats Biz – August 2018

Stats Biz – August 2018 Eskom and Transnet were the two biggest public-sector spenders on fixed assets (or capital expenditure) such as plant, machinery, new construction works and transport equipment. Eskom was responsible for 28% of total capital expenditure while Transnet was in second spot at 9%. Explore capital expenditure, and other stories, in this   read more »


Stats Biz – July 2018

Stats Biz – July 2018 Annual food inflation continues to slow despite April’s rise in value added tax (VAT). In fact, some food items are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. The items you are now paying less for are in the oil, bread, fruit and sugar categories. Explore the price of food,   read more »


Stats Biz – June 2018

Johannesburg, Tshwane, eThekwini and Cape Town contributed 49% to total municipal debt in 2016/17. Together, these four cities have a population of almost 17 million people, making up 30% of South Africa’s total population. Explore municipal debt, as well as other stories, in this edition of Stats Biz. Download Stats Biz – June 2018


Stats Biz – May 2018

Fuel, meat, beer and wine. These are products that have increased the most in price over the last year. South Africa’s consumer inflation rate jumped to 4,5% in April after reaching a seven-year low of 3,8% in March. Explore the list of products that you are now paying more for, as well as other stories,   read more »


Stats Biz – April 2018

Perspective matters. A lot. Recent provincial economic data published by Stats SA take on a fresh light when they’re ranked against other countries. Gauteng would become the 7th largest economy on the African continent if it became an independent state. The economy of KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the same size as Tanzania’s. Explore our provincial economies,   read more »


Stats Biz – March 2018

The tourism sector directly contributed 2,9% to the South African gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, according to the latest release of Stats SA’s annual Tourism Satellite Account for South Africa report. The sector also employed just under 687 000 individuals, making it a larger employer than mining and utilities. Explore the economic impact of   read more »


Stats Biz – February 2018

You’ve got no one to blame except yourself. Admit it. You totally forgot about Valentine’s Day. And now you’ve got to come up with something fast! Fancy a candlelit dinner at a restaurant? Or a basket containing chocolate and wine? Stats SA takes a look at the prices of gifts that will warm the heart   read more »



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