Fact-a-day

Growing

July 30th, 2014

According to the 1996 census, South Africa’s population size was 40.6 million people; the 2001 census had it at 44.8 million and the 2011 census at 51.8 million people. (http://bit.ly/1qK4f2J)

This week’s theme: Census

Counters

July 29th, 2014

A total of 156 000 fieldworkers were involved in the 2011 census including 6 000 census fieldwork coordinators, 30 000 supervisors and 120 000 fieldworkers (http://bit.ly/1rFh0v0)

This week’s theme: Census

Count me in

July 28th, 2014

The first recorded census took place in China more than 4,000 years ago. The first census in South Africa was taken over 100 years ago, in 1911. South Africa’s latest census was October, 2011. (http://bit.ly/qLQQji, http://bit.ly/oIbJ1u)

This week’s theme: Census

Flagged

July 25th, 2014

In 2013, 41 South African beaches were awarded Blue Flags, an international indicator of high environmental standards for recreational beaches. (http://bit.ly/1nXD8t4)

This week’s theme: Miscellaneous

Branded

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

Decline

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

Entrepreneurial

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

Getaway

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