The results of the 2012 Annual National Assessment (ANA) confirm that basic education in South Africa is in a dire state. However, without the disaggregated results broken down by school, district, and province to contextualise the assessments, the true extent of the problem cannot be adequately gauged.
In 2010 South Africa had a tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate of 981 per 100 000 people. The only country with a higher rate was Swaziland at 1 287 per 100 000. The United Arab Emirates had the lowest rate at 3 per 100 000. This is according to an analysis of international TB data conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations.
The Institute is in broad agreement with a report and editorial in The Economist of 19 October 2012 that is critical of South Africa and questions the quality of leadership in the country.
South Africa’s under-five mortality rate has fallen relatively slowly in the past two decades compared to much of the rest of the world, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations. Globally, child mortality has been declining due to advances in healthcare and general living conditions.
Press Release: Education, not race, will determine employment equity progress in South Africa - 19th September 2012.
Educational achievement is a more important indicator than race in determining whether someone is likely to be employed in a professional position, according to data from the South African Institute of Race Relations. This challenges the view that employers in South Africa are resisting racial transformation.
The South African Institute of Race Relations says that President Zuma is quite correct to identify the success of the Government’s service delivery efforts. Speaking to the SA Local Government Association yesterday President Zuma is reported to have said that, “No country could have produced the delivery we produced in the last 18 years.”
The number of public schools in the country decreased by 9% between 2000 and 2011, from 26 789 to 24 365, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations.
The proportion of South African adults with the lowest living standards fell from 11% in 2001 to 1% in 2011. In the same period, the proportion of people with the highest living standards increased from 5% to 6%, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations.
The South African Institute of Race Relations welcomes the President’s statement calling for a national debate on families in South Africa.
The South African Institute of Race Relations calls for the immediate suspension of all police officers involved in the shooting at Lonmin yesterday pending charges of murder and/or culpable homicide.