Fact-a-day

Taxing times

March 2nd, 2015

Personal income tax rates will be raised by 1% for all taxpayers earning more than R181,900 a year. As an example this raises tax by R21 a month for a taxpayer below age 65 with an annual income of R200,000. Those earning R500,000 will pay an extra R271 a month. (http://bit.ly/1Bw6z1j)

This week’s theme: National Budget 2015

Green going?

February 27th, 2015

In 2009, the 15 biggest ships in the world gave off the same amount of greenhouse gas as 760 million cars, or about two cars for every American. Compared to trucks and planes however, shipping is still the greenest form of transport, relatively speaking. (http://bit.ly/1AVS46C)

This week’s theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Cabin fever

February 26th, 2015

The longest scheduled airline flight is made between Dallas to Sydney, lasting 17 hours. In contrast, the shortest scheduled flight is made between the island of Westray to Papa Westray off Scotland, lasting 2 minutes. (www.qantas.com.au, www.loganair.co.uk)

This week’s theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Something fishy

February 25th, 2015

Shipping is cheap. It’s so cheap in fact, that rather than fillet its own fish, Scotland can send its cod 10,000 miles across the ocean to China to be filleted, and then sent back for less than the price of doing it themselves. (http://bit.ly/1AVS46C)

This week’s theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

(Re)counting steps

February 24th, 2015

A recent study found that fitness bands incorrectly underestimate the number of steps by up to 22.7%, while phones only get it wrong (overestimate or underestimate) by, at most, 6.7%. (http://bit.ly/1AnGEGY)

This week’s theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Lunar express

February 23rd, 2015

A container ship travels the equivalent of three-quarters of the way to the moon and back in one year during its regular travel across the oceans. (http://bit.ly/1AVS46C)

This week’s theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Fourth time lucky?

February 20th, 2015

Since being readmitted to international cricket in 1991, South Africa have appeared in all 7 editions of the Cricket World Cup. South Africa have reached the semi-finals of the competition on 3 of those occasions, but have never made an appearance in the finals. (http://bit.ly/1CA2Qyo)

This week’s theme: Cricket

Popularity Contest

February 19th, 2015

Cricket is the third most popular sport in South Africa, with over 7 million adults expressing an interest in it. Rugby is second with 7.5 million, and soccer is the clear winner with 19.5 million adults (over half the population) expressing an interest in it. Dance and boxing come in fourth and fifth, with around 6 million adults each. (AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: Cricket

Bowled over

February 18th, 2015

Six of the top ten highest paid cricketers in the world are from the Indian National Team. Their combined total earnings is $70 million a year, which is just less than what Christiano Ronaldo earns a year ($80 million) and 1.5 times less than what the highest paid athlete in the world, Floyd Mayweather, earns a year ($105 million). (http://onforb.es/1zihRBs, http://onforb.es/1DYhrWb)

This week’s theme: Cricket

As fast as the Gautrain

February 17th, 2015

The fastest cricket ball delivery was 161.3 km/h and it was bowled in Newlands, Cape Town in 2003. The top operating speed of the gautrain is 160 km/h. (http://bit.ly/1AITYHC, http://bit.ly/1CA2lV4)

This week’s theme: Cricket

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