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South Africa Survey - current edition

This is the digital version of our premier publication. Split into eleven chapters, the Survey is widely regarded as the best reference and strategic planning resource for organisations invested in South Africa. The Survey is available only to our Premium and Core subscribers. The eleven chapters of the Survey follow below.

Document The Demographics chapter
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.
Document The Economy chapter
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.
Document The Public Finance chapter
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.
Document The Employment chapter
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.
Document The Assets and Incomes chapter
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.
Document The Business and Labour chapter
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.
Document The Education Chapter
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 detailed sub-sections provide a comprehensive picture of the state of resources in public and private schools, and also provides comprehensive data on examinations and outputs. The chapter closes with a detailed section on higher education, including historical trends going back to 1991.
Document The Health and social security chapter
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. Also included is a section that tracks policy matters and provides information on the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and the ongoing controversy concerning medical aids and prescribed minimum benefits. The health indicators section presents figures on mortality, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases.
Document The Living Conditions and Communications chapter
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. The section on financial services includes new information on stokvels, with the communications and transportation sections concluding the chapter.
Document The Crime and security chapter
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. Regular features, such as the most serious crime trends broken down by crime category, year, province, and district municipality, are also included, many of them including data going back to 1995.
Document The Politics and Government chapter
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. A new section presents information on charitable giving. The chapter also covers opinion polls over the last decade on issues such as government performance, social cohesion, race relations, and international indices comparing South Africa’s democracy with the rest of the world.
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