Fact-a-day

Social Networking

July 31st, 2015

Of South African adults that have accessed the internet in the past 4 weeks, 70% used Facebook, 29% say they did online banking, 10% downloaded a podcast and 9% used online dating. (AMPS2014B)

This week’s theme: Communications

Online traffic

July 30th, 2015

According to AMPS2014, in the past month 15.7 million South African adults aged 15 or more (42% of adults) accessed the internet. In December 2014 the most popular websites in South Africa were gumtree.co.za with 4.1 million unique browsers, news24.com with 3.8 million unique browsers and timeslive.co.za with 1.8 million unique browsers. (AMPS2014, http://bit.ly/1DaZCVZ)

This week’s theme: Communications

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July 28th, 2015

In world internet speed rankings, South Korea takes first place with an average connection speed of 25.3 Mbps, while South Africa cruises along with 3.6 Mbps in 81st place. The United Kingdom ranks at 19th with an average speed of 10.7 Mbps. (http://bit.ly/1SJG6lw)

This week’s theme: Communications

Connected

July 27th, 2015

According to the General household survey (GHS) 2014, almost half of South African households (48.7%) had at least one member who used the Internet. One-tenth of South African households had access to the Internet at home. Access to the Internet in the home was highest in the Western Cape (23.8%) and Gauteng (17.3%). (http://bit.ly/1Ktg7zB)

This week’s theme: Communications

Generous

July 24th, 2015

According to a 2010 survey of 2,000 high net worth individuals (HNWI) from 20 countries around the world, South African HNWI are amongst the world’s most generous philanthropists. SA was found to be the second most financially generous nation behind the United States, and the fourth most generous in giving their time after Ireland, India and the USA. (http://bit.ly/1LydBGX)

This week’s theme: Charity

Dried up

July 23rd, 2015

In 2006 PlayPump International received over $30 million dollars to support its goal of providing clean drinking water to 10 million people in Africa. The PlayPump was designed to be a merry-go-round like wheel that would extract water when children played on it. However, two years later UNICEF reported that the pumps were not having the desired impact; for example in Mozambique users reported that time taken to collect water increased from 47 minutes to 114 minutes due to the heaviness of the pump and low yield. (http://stanford.io/1Lw1D1W, http://bit.ly/1fnOVVg)

This week’s theme: Charity

Pledge

July 22nd, 2015

According to OCHA’s financial tracking system, as of 31 December 2014 donors had pledged a total of $2.89bn to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak; however, only $1.09bn of that $2.89bn has actually been paid. (http://bit.ly/1CTl2qE)

This week’s theme: Charity

Good Company

July 21st, 2015

The total CSI expenditure by companies in South Africa was estimated at R8.2 billion in 2014. This represents a decline of 2% in real terms from the previous year. (http://bit.ly/1VkKj2X)

This week’s theme: Charity

Redistributing wealth

July 20th, 2015

According to Forbes, the philanthropists that have given away the most money are Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. It is estimated that over their lifetimes, Bill and Melinda Gates have given away US$ 28 billion and Warren Buffet has given away approximately US$ 25 billion. (http://onforb.es/1JrPS6G)

This week’s theme: Charity

Counted

July 17th, 2015

According to Census 2011, there were 1.25 million households in South Africa living in shacks not in backyards. Six district municipalities across the country accounted for 58% of these households, namely City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane, eThekwini, and Bojanala. (Census 2011, download Eighty20′s report for the HDA on informal settlements here: http://bit.ly/1KalPX1)

This week’s theme: Housing

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