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Fast Facts 2012

Here you will find the 2012 issues of Fast Facts in PDF format.

Fast Facts no 01 - January 2012

Fast Facts no 01 - January 2012

Contents:

  • Africa
    More than half a century after the first, a second wind of change is blowing through the continent.
  • Local Government
    This month’s issue of Fast Facts presents our annual statistical report on the eight metropolitan and 44 district municipalities in South Africa (pages 4–17). Each is compared in the following areas: demographics, education, employment, types of dwelling, household access to services, water and sanitation, transport to work or school, social security, crime and security, and finance.
  • Local Government
    Sixty-three indicators for 52 municipalities.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 02 - February 2012

Fast Facts no 02 - February 2012

Contents:

  • Unemployment
    At long last there may be light at the end of a very long tunnel — not because of what the Government is doing, but because of what it is saying.
  • Politics
    To mark the 100th birthday of the African National Congress (ANC), John Kane-Berman ponders on a few comparisons between  South Africa and Russia, both before and after the political transitions in each country.
  • Education
    Matric results, 2008-2011.
  • Education
    The 2011 National Senior Certificate Examinations produced a pass rate of 70%. But even if it is not true that weaker pupils are culled to improve pass rates, the standards are so low that 70% is meaningless.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 03 - March 2012

Fast Facts no 03 - March 2012

Contents:

  • Government
    What sort of return does the country get for the taxes we all pay?
  • Government
    The national tax return: The changing state of the nation since 1994. More than 80 indicators help you to assess the country’s — and the Government’s — performance.
  • Budget 2012
    Our annual budget analysis contains tables showing long and very long-term trends.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 04 - April 2012

Fast Facts no 04 - April 2012

Contents:

  • The economy
    Africa is one of the fastest growing parts of the world yet South Africa will lag behind.
  • Media
    The Protection of State Information Bill of 2011 may now, as amended, genufl ect enough towards guaranteed rights to convince a majority of Constitutional Court judges that it passes constitutional muster.
  • Survey
    The Institute presents our South Africa in Brief statistical breakdown, based on the 2010/2011 South Africa Survey.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 05 - May 2012

Fast Facts no 05 - May 2012

Contents:

  • Employment
    Jobs are generated as by-products of other objectives. We should all stop deceiving the unemployed by pretending otherwise.
  • The economy
    On 28 March the Institute hosted a presentation by three of South Africa’s best-known economists on South Africa’s economy in 2012 and beyond. Azar Jammine, Chris Hart, and Dawie Roodt all predicted 3%–3.5% growth for 2012.
  • Key forecasts
    By 2015, it is projected, there will be 52.6 million people living in South Africa. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has affected, and will continue to affect the size of our population.
  • Politics
    The ANC’s roadmap for South Africa.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 06 - June 2012

Fast Facts no 06 - June 2012

Contents:

  • Politics
    One step back, two steps forward.
  • Justice
    Legal Practice Bill of 2012: An end to independence for the legal profession.
  • Employment
    New Labour Bills: Still ‘hostile’ to jobs and employers.
  • Employment
    Labour Relations Amendment Bill of 2012: Better, but still damaging.
  • Employment
    Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill of 2012: More power to the minister.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 07 - July 2012

Fast Facts no 07 - July 2012

Contents:

  • Local government
    Plenty of local authorities in South Africa just don’t work. Perhaps that’s because we don’t have enough of them.
  • Local government
    Is the size of some of our municipalities affecting their performance?
  • Local government
    How municipalities measure up.
  • Local government
    Better audits but fi nances still flounder.
  • Local government
    Doth the people protest too much?
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 08 - August 2012

Fast Facts no 08 - August 2012

Contents:

  • Agriculture
    It is commonly believed that agriculture in South Africa is in decline and that land reform is to blame. The statistics tell a more complex story.
  • Agriculture
    Commercial farmers offset growing imports to maintain South Africa’s status as a net food exporter.
  • Agriculture
    • Land, farms, crops, and livestock.
    • Commercial farming.
    • Agriculture and employment.
    • Agricultural output.
    • Agriculture and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
    • Agriculture and foreign trade.
  • Letter to the editor
    Lawlessness in municipal administration.
  • Agriculture
    The Modern Little Red Hen: an updated version of the wellknown fable.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 09 - September 2012

Fast Facts no 09 - September 2012

Contents:

  • Families
    Family coming to the fore.
  • Families
    The South African family in numbers.
  • Families
    Eighteen years of democracy, yet South Africa’s family policy still an infant.
  • Families
    Individual responsibilities missing from white paper on families.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 10 - October 2012

Fast Facts no 10 - October 2012

Contents:

  • Rainbow index
    A party that ‘cares for none but itself’
  • Rainbow index
    Democratic Governance.
  • Rainbow index
    The Rule of Law.
  • Rainbow index
    Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Rainbow index
    A Vigilant Media and Civil Society.
  • Rainbow index
    Good Citizenship.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 11 - November 2012

Fast Facts no 11 - November 2012

Contents:

  • Rainbow index
    Reverse the slide.
  • Rainbow index
    The Rainbow index: 1994 to 2012.
  • Rainbow index
    Effective Government.
  • Rainbow index
    Racial Goodwill.
  • Rainbow index
    Liberation of the Poor.
  • Rainbow index
    Scope for Free Enterprise.
  • Rainbow index
    Growth-focused policies.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 12 - December 2012

Fast Facts no 12 - December 2012

Contents:

  • Families
    Problems present, but policies, like fathers, absent.
  • Families
    Parenting: whose job is it anyway?
  • Families
    American adoption, British benefits, and Swedish sex education.
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