July 3rd, 2015

In at least 178 countries around the world, paid leave is guaranteed for working moms, while more than 50 countries provide wage benefits for fathers, according to the ILO. The United States, Swaziland and Lesotho are some of the only countries in the world that provide no type of financial support for mothers. (http://huff.to/1GQOpWT)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

Job seekers

July 2nd, 2015

There are 5.3 million unemployed adults in South Africa. 41% of them have been looking for a job for three or more years. (LFS 2015 Q1)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

In union

July 1st, 2015

23% of employed people in South Africa are members of a trade union. For the mining and quarrying industries, the percentage is 80%, the highest of all industries. In terms of business sector, those in the public sector are far more likely to be part of a union than those that work for a private enterprise (62% versus 16%). (LFS 2015 Q1)

This week’s theme: Labour Force


June 30th, 2015

South African adults employed in private enterprises work on average 46 hours per week. This is 6 hours more per week than those employed in national, provincial or local government. (LFS 2015 Q1)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

Labour force lows

June 29th, 2015

The countries with the lowest percentage of their adult populations participating in the labour force are: Timor-Leste (38%), Moldova (41%) and West Bank and Gaza (41%). South Africa ranks 29th with 52% of its population aged 15+ in the labour force. (http://bit.ly/1eU1Cr7)

This week’s theme: Labour Force

Generation Gap

June 26th, 2015

In 2012 in South Africa there were 23,855 civil marriages (1.5% of civil marriages) where there was more than a 20 year age difference between the bride and groom. The biggest age difference was 70 years in a marriage between an 86 year old bride and a 16 year old groom. (Stats SA Marriages and Divorces 2012, see Code4SA’s ‘Love knows no age’ chart here: http://bit.ly/1HgXFt3)

This week’s theme: Marriage


June 24th, 2015

South Africa legalised same-sex marriage on 30 November 2006, the fifth country in the world to do so (after the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Canada). No other African country permits same-sex marriage. (http://pewrsr.ch/1LjpIb2, http://bit.ly/1RtqdyL)

This week’s theme: Marriage

I don’t

June 23rd, 2015

In 2013, the median age of women at the time of divorce was 39 while for men the median age was 43. Almost half (48%) of the divorces in 2013 were marriages that lasted less than 10 years. (http://bit.ly/1Cn6VnL)

This week’s theme: Marriage


June 19th, 2015

The youngest female tennis player to win a singles Grand Slam is the Swiss player Martina Hingis who won the Australian Open at the age of 16 in 1997. Since then she has won an additional 4 Grand Slam singles titles. The youngest male singles Grand Slam winner is Michael Chang of the US who won the French Open at the age of 17 in 1989, the only singles Grand Slam title in his career. (http://bit.ly/1K0Fg2s)

This week’s theme: Young Achievers


June 18th, 2015

Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain, the title is awarded to world-class chess players by the sport’s governing body FIDE. 23 people have become chess Grandmasters before their 15th birthdays. Sergey Karjakin holds the record for the world’s youngest Grandmaster, he was awarded the title in 2002 at the age of 12. (http://bit.ly/1H0sdyZ)

This week’s theme: Young Achievers

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