FreeFACTS


FreeFACTS - May 2021

1 July 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the importance of South Africa’s cities, and examines how they differ from the rest of the country in terms of their politics and economies.

FreeFACTS - April 2021

7 June 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the current political landscape ahead of October’s municipal elections. It looks at polling data as well as data from municipal by-elections to determine the lay of the political land ahead of that election.

FreeFacts - March 2021

30 March 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at South Africa’s tax burden. It examines how much tax South Africans pay, the different components of tax, as well as looking at international comparisons. It also shows taxation trends in South Africa and how they have changed.

FreeFACTS - February 2021

9 March 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the matric results for 2020 as well as a number of historical trends. Flagged are the very small number of people who pass key subjects such as Mathematics with high marks and the low rate of educational throughput.

FreeFACTS - January 2021

23 January 2021 - The first FreeFACTS of the 2021 looks at the quality of life of South Africans. Using a measure determined by the Centre for Risk Analysis it shows that there are (sometimes significant) regional and racial cleavages in the quality of life experienced by South Africans, partly because of our history, and partly because of the growth-destroying policies which the government has followed over the past ten years.

FreeFACTS - December 2020

28 January 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at South Africa’s rankings of various index which attempt to measure how free we are. South Africa does fairly well in terms of political freedom, but in economic freedom terms, we could be doing substantially better, reflected in the poor economic performance of the past decade.

FreeFACTS - November 2020

3 December 2020 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at how South Africans receive information, with a focus on radio and television penetration. In the wake of the collapsing SABC the report shows the vast majority of South Africans still receive their information on one of these two mediums.

FreeFACTS - October 2020

23 November 2020 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at corruption in South Africa. It looks at how South Africa’s ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index has declined and the vast amounts of money that have been lost die to wasteful expenditure. It argues that corruption is effectively stealing South Africa’s future and citizens must make it clear that there must be a zero-tolerance attitude to corruption.

FreeFACTS - September 2020

27 October 2020 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at South Africa’s unemployment crisis. It examines various aspects of South African unemployment, bringing to light the serious jobs crisis the country faces.

FreeFACTS - August 2020

29 September 2020 - This edition of Free Facts looks at the latest economic growth figures which were released, and the impact that the lockdown had on South Africa. It reveals how significantly the South African economy was affected. It also provides statistics on levels of trust South Africans had in various institutions during the lockdown.

FreeFACTS - July 2020

24 August 2020 - The latest crime statistics show that violent crime still remains at very high levels. The rate of murder has not decreased in the past three years and South Africa has the third highest murder rate of any large country (after Venezuela and Brazil). The increase in crime can be linked to the decline of the SAPS (as well as other government institutions) which began under former President Jacob Zuma, but which shows no sign of changing under his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa.

FreeFacts - June 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at a number of South African indicators and shows the serious trouble we are in as a country. This edition shows how we are sliding on metrics such as Economic Freedom and proposes some reforms the country should make as a matter of urgency.

freeFACTS - May 2020

The Covid-19 epidemic has forced many South Africans to change the way they work and learn. But access to tools which make it possibly to work or learn remotely are not shared equally among people in this country. This edition looks at access to various communication tools and how these trends have changed over time.

freeFACTS - April 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the current lockdown, with specific focus on the economic impact of the lockdown and how public support for it has changed.

freeFACTS - March 2020

South Africa, like most of the rest of world is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. However, there have been serious questions raised about whether the country’s healthcare system can cope with a sudden influx people suffering from the virus. The edition of FreeFACTS looks at the state of the South African healthcare system and provides some key figures on major diseases.

freeFACTS - February 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at how South Africa’s demographics have changed in the past decades, with specific reference to issues such as the proportion of South Africans who are urbanised and the decline in the fertility rate. These changes have implications for policy makers and how they need to plan for the future.

FreeFACTS - January 2020

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the recent matric results as well as historical trends. It raises issues of quality and what the implications are for South Africa.

FreeFACTS - December 2019

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at a number of indicators on South Africa and shows how the country has regressed on a number of metrics. Reform is vital if we want to stop backsliding.

FreeFACTS - November 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the latest trends around inequality. Latest figures shows that despite popular belief, inequality is actually declining. In addition, inequality is highest among black South Africans which means a rethink is necessary around policies such as black economic empowerment and employment equity.

FreeFACTS - October 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the parlous state of South Africa’s finances and why a policy of prescribed assets is increasingly possible.

FreeFACTS - September 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at South African education and the trends (some positive and others negative) that have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa.

FreeFACTS - August 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the latest crime statistics and shows that South Africa’s trend on this is negative. The tide was turning on this scourge up until about 2011 but since then the number of murders and other serious crimes has begun to increase. Without innovative solutions this will continue to be the case.

FreeFACTS - July 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the unemployment crisis, and provides figures by race, region, and a number of other metrics. There is no doubt that the current rate of unemployment in South Africa is a national crisis, but on the current policy trajectory of the country, this is unlikely to change.

FreeFACTS - June 2019

The South African economy is in trouble. This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the state of the economy and notes how South Africa is losing ground compared to other economies. It also shows that future economic growth is likely to remain low.

FreeFACTS - May 2019

This edition of FreeFACTS outlines the true state of race relations in South Africa. It shows that there is a large majority of South Africans who agree on the broad issues and want to work to build a country for all who live in it.

FreeFACTS - April 2019

The edition of FreeFACTS looks at South African voter trends and results. It shows how there is growing apathy among voters, which is coupled with a decline in the vote of the governing party.

FreeFACTS - March 2019

This edition of Free Facts looks at the progress made by South Africa since 1994 and looks at a wide variety of indicators. It argues that although this progress has stalled it is still possible to get South Africa on the path it was up until a decade ago.

FreeFACTS - February 2019

8 March 2019 - This issue of Free Facts looks at a number of indicators which shows how South Africa deteriorated through the Zuma years. This edition shows how GDP stagnated, crime rates rose, and how unemployment continued to rise. However, the point is made that this deterioration is on the back of much progress since 1994. The next issue of Free Facts will look at the progress that the country has made, and how it can once again get onto a path of progress.

FreeFACTS - January 2019

31 January 2019 - This edition of Free Facts looks at South African retirement funds and why the government has their eye on them. It examines government spending and debt levels and shows how these are reaching unsustainable levels. It also provides statistics on the retirement savings of South Africans, and shows how big the pot is.

FreeFACTS - December 2018

14 December 2018 - This edition of Free Facts looks at the quality of life of South Africans. White people, in general, still enjoy a higher quality of life than other South Africans. This gap is likely to remain as long as the government follows policies which fail to stimulate the economy.

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