FreeFACTS - August 2022

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at long-term trends with regard to economic growth in South Africa. It shows that economic growth has effectively stalled in South Africa and that the economy will need an urgent kickstart to get moving again.

FreeFACTS - July 2022

7 September 2022 - While there have been some successes in post-apartheid South Africa it is not clear that this trend will continue. This edition of FreeFACTS shows how living conditions improve for most South Africans since the end of apartheid, but this trend could now be reversing.

FreeFACTS - June 2022

18 August 2022 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at local by-election results and asks what portents they hold for South African politics as we move to the 2024 national election.

FreeFACTS - May 2022

This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the impact of Covid on tourism in South Africa. Although there has been a slight recovery at the beginning of this year, the numbers of foreign visitors are still far below what they were before the outbreak of the pandemic.

FreeFACTS - April 2022

1 June 2022 - This edition of our monthly bulletin looks at inflation trends in South Africa. It acknowledges that inflation has been generally kept under control in post-apartheid South Africa but strong inflationary pressures are brewing.

FreeFACTS - March 2022

25 April 2022 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at trends regarding investment in South Africa. For South Africa to become a prosperous country it needs high levels of investment, which it is simply not receiving now.

FreeFACTS - February 2022

16 April 2022 - The latest edition of FreeFACTS looks at unemployment. The figures make for sobering reader and show that unemployment in South Africa is nothing short of a crisis. In parts of the country more than 50% of people have no work. This issue warns that something must be done soon.

FreeFACTS - January 2022

18 February 2022 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the latest matric results. As has become the norm with the school-leaving examinations there is a mixed bag of good and bad news. Concerns raised in this edition include the poor throughput in our schools and the low proportions of pupils who pass subjects with 80% or above.

FreeFACTS - December 2021

26 January 2022 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the assets of South Africans. It also reflects how South Africa’s economy continues to degrade, with clear evidence that South Africans are getting poorer and struggling to make ends meet.

FreeFACTS - November 2021

26 November 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the local government election held on 1 November. It looks at the overall results and the state of the metros and also identifies some key trends.

FreeFACTS - October 2021

17 November 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at South African trade statistics. It argues that South Africa must expand trade with other countries on the continent, as these are places which import more finished goods from South Africa than the rest of the world, which can result in significant economic multipliers.

FreeFACTS - September 2021

11 November 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at a number of macro-indicators to give a bird’s eye view of the local economy and shows how South Africa continues to face enormous headwinds.

FreeFACTS - August 2021

21 October 2021 - This edition of our monthly bulletin looks at a number of secondary economic indicators and shows some worrying trends.

FreeFACTS - July 2021

10 September 2021 - This edition of FreeFACTS looks at the state of healthcare in South Africa and warns of the threat of NHI.

FreeFACTS - June 2021

6 August 2021 - Latest population estimates show that South Africa now has a population of more than 60 million people. The most striking findings from the latest estimates are the continuing decline in South Africa’s fertility rate as well as the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country.

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.

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