Fact-a-day

Ore-ganised

September 2nd, 2014

24% of employed adults in South Africa are members of a trade union. Mining and quarrying are the most unionised industries, at 82%. (LFS 2014Q2)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

Tough times

September 1st, 2014

There are 7.58 million adults in South Africa who are either unemployed or discouraged job seekers. Half of them (50%) are under the age of 30. (LFS 2014 Q2)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

Food for thought

August 29th, 2014

Food accounts for 40% of total expenditure on average in households that have a per capita income of less than R20 per day. (Eighty20 Bottom of the Pyramid Report 2014, IES 2010/2011)

This week’s theme: Bottom of the Pyramid

Mobilize

August 28th, 2014

In South Africa, 80% of adults (aged 15+) that earn less than R20 per day personally use one or more cell phones. (Eighty20 Bottom of the Pyramid Report 2014, AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Bottom of the Pyramid

Hand out or Hand up?

August 27th, 2014

There are currently 16.2 million grant recipients in South Africa. Treasury expects the number of grant recipients to rise to 16.6 million by 2016/17, which will cost the government R137 billion in grant expenditure. (Eighty20 Bottom of the Pyramid Report 2014, SANT Budget 2014 Vote 19 Social Development)

This week’s theme: Bottom of the Pyramid

Top heavy

August 26th, 2014

Households in South Africa with a per capita income of less than R20 per day generate roughly 5% of total disposable income while those with a per capita income of R280 or higher generate 44% of total disposable income. (Eighty20 Bottom of the Pyramid Report 2014, IES 2010/2011)

This week’s theme: Bottom of the Pyramid

Small change

August 25th, 2014

In 2011 there were 3.2 million households in South Africa that had a per capita income of less than R20 per day. In 2006 this number was slightly higher at 3.6 million households. (Eighty20 Bottom of the Pyramid Report 2014, IES 2010/2011, Income and Expenditure Survey 2005/2006)

This week’s theme: Bottom of the Pyramid

Reaction

August 22nd, 2014

Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% following the release of the documentary film Blackfish. The film follows a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity in SeaWorld’s Florida park. (http://bit.ly/1s2FE5j)

This week’s theme: Environment

Threatened

August 21st, 2014

In South Africa there are currently 24 species of mammal, 41 species of birds and 87 species of fish that are classified as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (http://bit.ly/1oZAeoo)

This week’s theme: Environment

Poached

August 20th, 2014

South Africa is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide. In 2013 over 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa. As at 14 August 2014, 658 rhinos have been poached this year. (http://bit.ly/1yWFjUi)

This week’s theme: Environment