Fact-a-day

Getting down to business

October 31st, 2014

Admission requirements to study a Bcom at UCT (at which an offer is more likely) are to achieve a matric bachelor pass with 60% + for Maths and either 50% + for English Home Language or 60% + for English 1st Add. Language. In 2013 just 6% of the 575,704 matrics that wrote the NSC exams met these criteria. (Department of education data, download the free infographic here http://bit.ly/1ziMGtG)

This week’s theme: Higher education

Transformation

October 30th, 2014

In 2002 there were 307 000 black students enrolled at public universities (excluding universities of technology) accounting for 57% of all students. In 2012 this had increased to 534 000 (67% of all students), a compound annual growth rate of 6%. (Higher Education data on XtracT)

This week’s theme: Higher education

Big investment

October 29th, 2014

For a first year undergraduate student studying a Bcom at WITS, the annual tuition fee is R37,400. Staying in a residence costs a further R30,600 per annum and receiving 19 meals a week costs R26,887. This makes a total of just under R95,000 for the first year of study. (http://bit.ly/ZYczzC)

This week’s theme: Higher education

Gender bias

October 28th, 2014

The most female-dominated fields of study at public universities in South Africa (excluding universities of technology) are Psychology (77% female) and Education (75% female). Engineering and Computer & Information Sciences are the most male-dominated (75% and 63% male respectively). (Higher education data on XtracT)

This week’s theme: Higher education

Degrees of education

October 27th, 2014

According to the Census 2011, 5% of 25-64 year old South African’s have a university degree; the average for OECD nations is 23%. (Census 2011, http://bit.ly/1FPxcPI)

This week’s theme: Higher education

Branch out

October 24th, 2014

Just under 20% of South African adults aged 15 and above with a bank account say they access their account through a cellphone. (AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: Mobile in SA

On the up

October 23rd, 2014

In the second quarter of 2011 Samsung held 7.3% of the global tablet market. This increased to 17.2% in the second quarter of 2014. (http://bit.ly/1ooMgOS)

This week’s theme: Mobile in SA

Phone up?

October 22nd, 2014

In South Africa, a third of adults aged 15 and above have a household income of R10,000 or more per month. For adults with a smartphone, the proportion is 55%. (AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: Mobile in SA

Eaten up

October 21st, 2014

In the second quarter of 2011, Apple held 61.5% of the global tablet market share; in the second quarter of 2014 it held just 26.9%. (http://bit.ly/1ooMgOS)

This week’s theme: Mobile in SA

Keeping tabs

October 20th, 2014

1.86 million adults in South Africa (5% of all adults) personally own or have access to a tablet (e.g. Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, HTC Flyer, Blackberry Playbook). (AMPS2014)

This week’s theme: Mobile in SA

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