South Africa’s private sector makes a larger contribution to the country than is usually acknowledged. Apart from investment, growth, jobs, and tax, it pours billions into corporate social investment (CSI).
The Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013 (the Investment Bill) seeks to ‘promote investment’, which it recognises as vital ‘job creation, economic growth, development, and the well-being of the people of South Africa’. However, the provisions of the Investment Bill are so damaging that they are likely to repel, rather than promote, the investment so urgently required.
The Demographics chapter shows who lives in South Africa, how old they are, where they live, and what their home language is. The data, in 95 pages of detail, is broken down by race, sex, age, and location, going back as far as 1911 and looking ahead to 2040.
The Economy chapter comprises 73 pages of data on all aspects of the South African economy plus numerous comparisons with other countries across the globe.
The Public Finance chapter presents 40 pages of detailed information on how much the Government receives from whom, how much it spends and on what.
The 70-page Employment chapter shows you the winners and losers in South Africa’s labour market. It is packed with detail on employment, unemployment, employment equity, labour shortages, and job creation. Most indicators are broken down by race, sex, province, and industry, and show trends over the last decade.
The 40-page Assets and Incomes chapter provides up-to-date information on whom in South Africa earns how much, by sector and occupation, and where they do it.
In over 80 pages of detail, the Business and Labour chapter provides a comprehensive picture of the business environment in South Africa, showing who does what business and what constraints or advantages they face in doing it in South Africa.
The Education chapter comprises 100 pages of detail on education in South Africa. The chapter provides an in-depth look at the education profile of the population and offers numerous international comparisons.
The health and social security chapter presents 78 pages of detail on the South African health care and social security systems. A section on health resources and services covers expenditure, access to medical insurance, medical personnel, hospitals, rates of immunisation, blood transfusion, circumcisions, and condom use.
The 2012 Living Conditions and Communications chapter runs for 83 pages and contains 15-year trends of service delivery indicators such as land, water, sanitation, housing, electricity, and refuse removal. The regular section on land reform includes new information on how some households use their land for agricultural purposes.
This 108-page long chapter includes all aspects of the criminal justice system – police, courts, prisons – as well as defence and private security. New additions include crimes against women, crimes in the course of vigilantism, and a new section on intelligence services.
The 60-page Politics and Government chapter provides an up-to-date analysis of the political landscape of South Africa. It details party representation at national, provincial, and local level and provides data on audit performance of all tiers of government.
The Unit for Risk Analysis is designed to inform business, political, government, and diplomatic leaders about risks likely to emerge on South Africa’s social, economic, and political horizon. The Unit reviews all the Institute’s research outputs through the prism of future risk.
The Africa Survey is a collection of data which provides insights into development trends in 36 African countries across nine chapters from the economy, employment and business to politics, education, crime, and health.