July 24th, 2014

According to the Brand Finance 2014 South Africa 50 report, mobile operator MTN has retained its top position as South Africa’s most valuable brand with a total value of $5.38 billion (R56.33 billion). Last year’s number three brand, Sasol, moved up to second place, with a total brand value of $1.95 billion (R20.42 billion). (http://bit.ly/UnwpSi)

This week’s theme: Miscellaneous


July 23rd, 2014

In the eleven years between 1994 and 2004 South Africa finished in the top half of the competing countries in the International Mathematical Olympiad eight times (73% of the time). Over the next decade, South Africa only finished in the top half 3 times (30% of the time). (http://bit.ly/1p5HJL9)

This week’s theme: Miscellaneous

Dodgy dealings

July 22nd, 2014

Almost one in two people in sub-Saharan Africa report having paid a bribe in the last 12 months when interacting with key public institutions and services. (trendwatching.com ‘Utilit-easers’ briefing, http://bit.ly/1nPBGZM, sourced from The African Development Bank, May 2014)

This week’s theme: Miscellaneous


July 21st, 2014

According to AMPS2013B data, 203 000 adults read Entrepreneur magazine, just 18% of these readers are self-employed. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Miscellaneous

Where to next?

July 18th, 2014

Approximately 71% of individuals using domestic airlines for business purposes in the past 12 months have rented cars upon arrival at their destinations. Of these, 55% always rent cars, whereas the remainder only sometimes use rental cars. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Air travel


July 17th, 2014

An estimated 76% of South African individuals that used domestic airlines in the past 12 months have travelled primarily for pleasure. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Air travel

Jet lag

July 16th, 2014

2 million South Africans have flown internationally. Of these, 20% have never travelled on domestic airlines. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Air travel


July 15th, 2014

902,000 South African adults have travelled by air inside South Africa within the last 12 months. The majority made use of South African Airways, followed by Mango and Kulula.com. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Air travel

High flyers?

July 14th, 2014

32.4 million South African adults (87%) have never travelled by air inside or outside South Africa. Around 730,000 of them have a household income of more than R40 000 per month. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Air travel

Dirtiest race of all time

July 11th, 2014

In the Seoul Olympics of 1988, Ben Johnson broke the 100m record with a time of 9.79 seconds, but the gold medal was awarded to rival Carl Lewis due to doping. Eleven years later it was discovered that Carl Lewis was also guilty of doping prior to the Olympics. (http://bit.ly/VK39Xf, http://amzn.to/1lECzU8)

This week’s theme: Cheating in sport