Grey scale

January 26th, 2015

There are just over 1.8 million people aged 70 and above in South Africa, or approximately 3.4% of the total population. 9.4% of the white population is aged 70 and above versus just 2.8% for the black population. (LFS 2014 Q3)

This week’s theme: Golden years

Compact, but not small

January 23rd, 2015

According to AMPS2014 the most popular DStv package is DStv Compact with over 2.7 million households subscribing to the package (54% of DStv subscribers). The package includes 88 channels for a price of R295.00 per month. DStv Premium is the most expensive package available at R665.00 per month for 133 channels. According to AMPS over 1.8 million households subscribe to this package. (http://bit.ly/1Cshruu, AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: DStv

The right thing to do

January 22nd, 2015

In 2014, Multichoice had revenues of R27.5 bn and over 5 million subscribers. By comparison, gross TV Licence fees collected by the SABC in the 2013/14 financial year were R927.9 million. Assuming 80% paid full licenses (R265 per annum) and 20% got concessions (R74 per annum) the total number of households paying their TV licenses (assuming one household one tv) was just under 4.1 million (SABC Annual Report, http://bit.ly/1wpxUeg)

This week’s theme: DStv

So many more

January 21st, 2015

In 2004 just 6% of households in South Africa had DStv (633 000 households). In 2014 this increased to one third of households (over 5 million), a compound annual growth rate of 23%. (AMPS2010 and 2014)

This week’s theme: DStv

So much more to enjoy

January 20th, 2015

Between 2010 and 2014, Multichoice’s revenues increased from R14.5 bn to just under R27.5 bn. Over the same time period net profits more than doubled from R2.9 bn to R6.3 bn. (http://bit.ly/1CGHLkV, bit.ly/1B7mwsI)

This week’s theme: DSTV

Cold showers

January 19th, 2015

For the first time DSTV has over 5 million subscribers. According to AMPS2014, 29% of households that subscribe to DSTV do not have hot running water from a geyser in their homes. (bit.ly/1B7mwsI, AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: DSTV

Caught out

January 16th, 2015

Following a probe into the NSC matric 2014 exams, 39 centres in KwaZulu-Natal were implicated in cheating and 19 in the Eastern Cape (approximately 2% of centres in each area). (http://bit.ly/1B5WIj7)

This week’s theme: Education

Gold medal

January 15th, 2015

According to the Department of Education, Gauteng was the best performing province for the 2014 NSC matric exams with a pass rate of 84.7%, followed by the North West which achieved 84.6%. The Eastern Cape emerged as the worst performing province again, achieving 65.4%. (http://bit.ly/14zARlS)

This week’s theme: Education

The bad, the good and the impressive

January 14th, 2015

150 schools achieved a pass rate of between 0% and 20% for the 2014 Matric exams. 515 Schools achieved a pass rate of between 80% and 100%, with 292 schools achieving a 100% pass rate. (http://bit.ly/1u1KArP)

This week’s theme: Education

Top Achievers

January 13th, 2015

In the 2014 NSC Matric exams, 225 458 pupils wrote maths of whom just 3% got a distinction. About 284 298 pupils wrote life sciences, of whom 3% got distinctions. (http://bit.ly/1u1KArP)

This week’s theme: Education

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