Fact-a-day

Reaction

August 22nd, 2014

Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% following the release of the documentary film Blackfish. The film follows a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity in SeaWorld’s Florida park. (http://bit.ly/1s2FE5j)

This week’s theme: Environment

Threatened

August 21st, 2014

In South Africa there are currently 24 species of mammal, 41 species of birds and 87 species of fish that are classified as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (http://bit.ly/1oZAeoo)

This week’s theme: Environment

Poached

August 20th, 2014

South Africa is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide. In 2013 over 1,000 rhinos were poached in South Africa. As at 14 August 2014, 658 rhinos have been poached this year. (http://bit.ly/1yWFjUi)

This week’s theme: Environment

Eco-unfriendly

August 19th, 2014

9.8 million South African adults (26%) do not make an effort to buy products that don’t pollute the environment. (AMPS2013B)

This week’s theme: Environment

Diversity

August 18th, 2014

There are 9 000 species of fynbos occurring in the Cape area, and over 2 000 species on Table Mountain alone

Alcohol

August 15th, 2014

In South Africa in 2010, the prevalence of alcohol use disorders, including alcohol dependence and harmful use of alcohol, was 10% for men aged 15 and above. For women the proportion was 1.5%. (World Health Organization, http://bit.ly/1r0UcBU)

This week’s theme: Women’s Day

HIV prevalence

August 14th, 2014

In 2014, an estimated 10.2% of the total South African population was HIV positive. For women in their reproductive ages (15-49), this proportion was approximately 18.5%. (Statistics South Africa, Mid-year population estimates 2014)

This week’s theme: Women’s Day

Representation

August 13th, 2014

The proportion of seats held by women in the South African national parliament increased from 25% in 1996 to 44% in 2009. The Millenium Development Goal target for 2015 is 50%. (http://bit.ly/1AXhZJR)

This week’s theme: Women’s Day

Longer lasting

August 12th, 2014

In South Africa, life expectancy at birth for 2014 is estimated at 59.1 years for males and 63.1 years for females. (Statistics South Africa, Mid-year population estimates 2014)

This week’s theme: Women’s Day

Incubators

August 11th, 2014

Between 1960 and 2012, the world average fertility rate halved from 5 to 2.5 births per woman. In 2012, the total fertility rate in Sub-Saharan Africa was 5 children, the highest in the world. In South Africa it is 2.57 (World Bank,http://bit.ly/V4eIqX, Stats SA mid year population estimates 2014)

This week’s theme: Women’s Day