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South Africa's mining production down 4.3% y/y in April

By: African News Agency      14th June 2018 South Africa' mining output fell by decreased by 4.3% in April compared with the same month last year, the national statistics agency said on Thursday. Statistics South Africa said the largest negative contributors to the decline were platinum group metals (PGMs), which slid 6.5%, deducting 1.5... 

Q2 business confidence falls six points to 39 – RMB/BER

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 A South African business confidence index fell in the second quarter by six points, a survey showed on Wednesday, a sign the economy was struggling amid hopes that President Cyril Ramaphosa would help revitalise the country and attract investment. The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) business confidence... 

April manufacturing output up 1.1% Y/Y

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output expanded by 1.1% year-on-year in April following a revised 1.6% contraction in March, the statistics agency said on Thursday. Statistics South Africa said factory production on a month-on-month basis shrunk 0.6% in April, decreased by 3% in the three months to... 

Local govt service delivery improved in 2016/17 – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 The number of people receiving services from municipalities increased between 2016 and 2017, Statistics South Africa has found. "For the period under review, the highest percentage increase was recorded in the provision of sewerage and sanitation (3.8%), followed by solid waste management (2.6%),... 

Agriculture, mining and manufacturing drag South Africa into dramatic Q1 slump 

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 South Africa suffered its worst quarterly contraction in nine years, data showed on Tuesday, in a reminder to investors of the huge challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa faces to deliver long term economic growth. After Jacob Zuma was forced out as leader by the ruling party in February, Ramaphosa... 

SA's annual consumer inflation accelerates to 4.5 percent in April

By: African News Agency      23rd May 2018 South Africa's consumer price inflation bounced up 4.5 percent year-on-year in April from a multi-year low of 3.8 percent in March, the statistics agency said on Wednesday. The consumer price index increased by 0.8 percent on a month-on-month basis in April, Statistics South Africa said. 

Mantashe prioritises policy, laments ‘inadequate’ budget allocation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will make policy and legislation one of its key priorities this year and has committed to finalising the Mining Charter in June, Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Mantashe, who tabled the DMR’s Budget Vote in Parliament, listed the department’s... 

Unemployment rate steady at 26.7% in Q1

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 South Africa's unemployment rate was unchanged at 26.7% of the labour force in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the last quarter of 2017, the statistics office said on Tuesday. In its quarterly labour force survey which polls households, Statistics South Africa said there were six-million... 

Positive sentiment remains, despite 8.4% y/y fall in March mining production

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2018 The 8.4% year-on-year decrease in South Africa’s mining production in March is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the state of the mining industry, says international law firm Hogan Lovells mining head Warren Beech. He hopes that figures will have “smoothed out by June or July”, as at... 

Weak mining, manufacturing data put pressure on South Africa recovery

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 South Africa's mining and manufacturing industries contracted in March as policy uncertainty and lukewarm demand weighed on output, threatening to reverse a fragile economic rebound. Mining production in March suffered its sharpest fall in two years and industrial output dropped, Statistics South... 

Stats SA to roll out digital data collection solution, starts preparation for 2021 census

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) continues to focus on its mandate of providing credible statistics to guide South Africa’s push for a better life for its citizens. Priorities for Stats SA include maintaining basis statistics which, according to Minister in the Presidency for Planning,... 

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Former Statistician-General Pali Lehohla honoured by University of KZN

By: African News Agency      24th April 2018 The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has awarded Dr Pali Lehohla, former Statistician General and head of Statistics South Africa, with an honorary doctorate, the university said on Tuesday . The university made the award on Monday night in recognition of his unprecedented role in... 

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces. 

Survey shows market confidence flat among general builders, civil contractors

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2018 General building confidence, as measured by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) SME Business Conditions Survey, was flat at 36 index points in the first quarter of this year. Only Grades 3 and 4 reported lower confidence in line with weaker underlying indicators among general... 

Iron-ore gives South Africa’s January mining output a boost

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Mining production increased by 2.4% year-on-year in January, bolstered by strong growth in iron-ore production and “other” non-metallic minerals, Statistics South Africa figures how. The January growth compares with a contraction of 0.5% in December. 

January manufacturing output up 2.5% y/y

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 2.5% year-on-year in January after expanding by a revised 1.8% in December, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Factory production on a month-on-month basis was down 1.6% and rose 1.8% in the three months to January compared with the previous three... 

Agriculture leads as SA economic growth quickens in fourth quarter of 2017

By: African News Agency      6th March 2018 Growth in South Africa's economy accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2017, helped by the agriculture sector, the statistics agency said on Tuesday. Gross domestic product expanded by 3.1% during the quarter, after increasing by an upwardly revised 2.3% in the previous three months, Statistics... 

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The latest preliminary production data for the metals and engineering sector, released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday, reflected a slowdown in production in December, despite a 2% increase in the broader manufacturing production during the same period, Steel and Engineering... 

Lehohla joins 22 on Sloane

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 Former Statistician-General Dr Pali Lehohla has joined 22 on Sloane as a research resident adviser, effective March 1. Following a 17-year career as Statistician-General of Statistics South Africa, Lehohla will settle into his new role of training, guiding and mentoring the team of researchers... 

November manufacturing output up 1.7% y/y

By: Reuters     11th January 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 1.7% year-on-year in November, after rising by a revised 2.3% in October, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would rise by 0.45% year-on-year in November. 

State of local mining regulations shun investment, says CoM report 

By: Dylan Slater     14th December 2017 The findings of a recently conducted Chamber of Mines (CoM) survey indicate that if South Africa’s mining industry shifts its focus to create an attractive policy, regulatory and governance environment – through ethical leadership, good governance and the adoption of competitive, stable and... 

Decreasing employment in South Africa a sign of ‘deeply troubled economy’ – Seifsa

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Tuesday that South Africa’s employment statistics showed signs of a “deeply troubled economy” and was a serious cause for concern. This comes after Statistics South Africa released its Quarterly Employment... 

October manufacturing output up 2.2% y/y

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 2.2% year-on-year in October, beating market expectations, after falling by a revised 1.7% in September, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would rise by 0.75% year-on-year in October. 

Mining production sees 5.2% increase in October

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2017 Mining production increased by 5.2% year-on-year in October 2017, according to the most recent findings from Statistics south Africa. The largest positive contributors were iron-ore, which contributed 2.4 percentage points and coal, which contributed 1.5 percentage points. 

South African manufacturing declines, but could recuperate in new year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Difficult trading conditions in the country are reflected in Statistics South Africa’s latest manufacturing numbers, with production having decreased by 1.6% year-on-year in September. However, Nedbank analysts said in a release that the latest set of production figures suggests that the economic... 

Mining production contracts while sales soar – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Local mining production decreased by 0.9% year-on-year in September, Statistics South Africa Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke revealed on Thursday. The largest negative contributors were platinum-group metals (PGMs), with output down 8.3%, followed by iron-ore, which was down by 7.5%. 

Cidb concerned over 140 000 construction job losses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) monitoring and evaluation project manager Ntando Skosana on Tuesday described the loss of 140 000 jobs in the local construction industry between the first and third quarters of this year as “disheartening”. The construction industry is an important... 

Credit default index offers visibility of pressures faced by consumer segments

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Consumer credit multinational Experian South Africa’s local consumer default index is a highly accurate tool to assess the economic pressures on different segments of the population, says Experian South Africa MD Simon Russell. The index functions as a business and policy formulation tool, and... 

New Statistician-General and head of Statistics South Africa appointed

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2017 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) deputy director-general for statistical collections and outreach Risenga Maluleke has been appointed as successor to Statistician-General and Stats SA head Dr Pali Lehohla. Lehohla’s tenure expires at the end of October. 

South African mining production surges 6.9% in August, exceeds expectations

By: African News Agency      12th October 2017 Mining production in South Africa increased by 6.9% year-on-year in August whilst seasonally adjusted mining production increased by 5.3% in the same month compared with July, Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday. StatsSA said the biggest contributors to the jump in production were... 

Even Stats SA could fall to State capture – Gordhan, Jonas 

By: News24Wire      12th October 2017 Statistics South Africa is not immune to the State capture project, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his former deputy Mcebisi Jonas said on Thursday. The warning comes as Statistician-General Pali Lehohla is set to step down in October, after 17 years in charge of Stats SA. 

Decline in insured construction activity to continue – Bryte

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd October 2017 Insured construction activity contracted by 15% year-on-year in the second quarter. Southern African proactive business risk specialist Bryte Insurance (formerly known as Zurich Insurance) this week released its Construction Activity Monitor for the three months to June 30. 

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

South Africa sheds 34 000 jobs so far in 2017 – StatsSA

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 A decline of 34 000 jobs was recorded in the second quarter of 2017 in South Africa’s formal non-agricultural sector, the Quarterly Employment Survey, released by StatsSA on Thursday, revealed. “That decrease is in manufacturing, construction, community services, transport … only mining and... 

Mining production growth slows to 0.9% y/y in July

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Mining production growth slowed to 0.9% year-on-year in July, compared with production growth of 1.3% year-on-year in June. Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest mining production report, published on Thursday, showed that manganese ore, chromium ore, diamonds and gold were the main... 

National Treasury welcomes end of recession but says country not in clear yet

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 National Treasury on Tuesday welcomed the news that the economy grew by 2.5% in the second quarter, technically signalling that South Africa was emerging from a recession, but said it was too soon to suggest a long-term upswing in the economy. “Although it is still too early to suggest a longer... 

SA out of recession but growth far from NDP ambitions

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 The South African economy is out of recession at the moment, owing to a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 2.5% in the second quarter of 2017, StatsSA announced on Tuesday. “Let’s go straight into the numbers … the GDP quarter-on-quarter [growth rate] is 2.5%. I saw that analysts in the media... 

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