What South Africans spend their money on?

Over the survey period (Sept 2010 – Aug 2011), 32,0% of overall household consumption expenditure went to housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels. An average household would have spent approximately R 30, 505 on this item during the survey year.

Statistics South Africa conducts an Income and Expenditure Survey (IES) every 5 years. The IES seeks to establish what South Africans spend their money on, so that the basket of goods which makes up the Consumer Price Index (CPI), used to calculate the inflation rate, can be updated. The last IES was conducted between September 2010 and August 2011.

Over the survey period (Sept 2010 – Aug 2011), 32,0% of overall household consumption expenditure went to housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels. An average household would have spent approximately R 30, 505 on this item during the survey year.

  • Black African-headed households spent approximately a quarter (26,5%)
  • Coloured-headed households spent three-tenths (30,4%) of their consumption expenditure on this group.
  • Indian/Asian (36,9%)
  • White-headed (37,9%) households spent more than a third of their expenditure on housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.

When combined with expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages, which is the fourth-largest expenditure group at 12,8%, these two items account for almost 50% of household expenditure. Essentially, one out of every two Rand spent by South African households goes towards housing and food expenditure items.

Transport is the second largest expenditure group and is estimated 17,1% of total household consumption expenditure. The average South African household spent R16 319 on transport between September 2010 and August 2011. Roughly one out of every six Rand spent goes towards transport.

The proportion of household consumption expenditure spent on transport by:

  • Indian/Asian-headed households was 20,5%. This was the highest among all population groups, followed by
  • white (17,5%),
  • black African (16,9%)
  • coloured-headed (14,7%) households.

The share spent on transport among male-headed households (18,4%) was larger than the corresponding proportion for female-headed households (13,7%).

 

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source:http://www.statssa.gov.za/?p=944accessed 31/05/16

How much did damage due to student protests cost SA universities?

How much did damage due to student protests cost SA universities? Protesting for free higher education, South Africa students brought universities to a standstill over the last few months. In many cases, #FeesMustFall protesters caused damage by burning university property, looting and vandalism.

Protesting for free higher education, South Africa students brought universities to a standstill over the last few months. In many cases, #FeesMustFall protesters caused damage by burning university property, looting and vandalism.

The breakdown of the damage in Universities of Stellenbosch is R352 000, North West R151 000 000, Limpopo R1 786 294.52, Johannesburg R345 000, Western Cape R46 544 446, Walter Sisulu R351 287.19 and Tshwane University of Technology R5 073 747.73. Damages at Universities of KwaZulu-Natal is R82 000 000, Cape Town R3 200 000, Zululand R4 500 000, Rhodes R250 000, Wits R1 410 223, Free State R2 800 000 and Cape Peninsula University of Technology R 689 850.14

Minister Nzimande noted that the University of South Africa, Central University of Technology, Durban University of Technology and University of Fort Hare had their property damaged, but have not as yet quantified the cost of damage.

Vaal University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Venda, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Pretoria, had no or minor damages to quantify.

 

 

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source:https://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/factsheets-and-guides/factsheet-how-much-did-damage-due-to-student-protests-cost-sa-universities/http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/r300m-cost-damage-universities

Intolerance & Controversy over Imminent Precipice of Land Distribution Reached

Land redistribution has been a subject well-known to cause a stir in the melting pot of racial tension in South Africa. Equal rights are being rightfully demanded from all racial groups and opinions involved; however the balance of land division has not yet been established to a degree that is found to satisfy all parties.

Land redistribution has been a subject well-known to cause a stir in the melting pot of racial tension in South Africa. Equal rights are being rightfully demanded from all racial groups and opinions involved; however the balance of land division has not yet been established to a degree that is found to satisfy all parties. Without distribution that leaves all South African’s united in matching views on the worth and fairness of the land being re-appropriated, there has been constant conflict, disagreements and ceaseless racial tension. A motion to be passed was revealed by Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the ruling African National Congress. Minister Nkwinti released a rather ambiguous public statement during a handover ceremony which occurred at the Kruger National Park on Monday 23rd May, 2016.

Hazy Vision of Land Distribution Future

His revelation explained the state of land redistribution forthcoming. Revealing only vague details, he stated “If you are a small-scale farm and have one-thousand four-hundred hectares, we will buy the four-hundred, and leave you with your one-thousand. We will buy the extra and redistribute it to black people.” Even though is inevitable that a full disclosure will be made available to the public in the near future, his lack of further specifics stoked a country-wide uproar of rage, opposition and yet further tension in our rainbow nation. The only elaboration that the minister divulged was that ‘land ceilings’ are to be imposed on property ranging between one-thousand and twelve-thousand hectares, these referenced as small scale farms with the deficit being claimed. This proposed upcoming amendment to the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill has been in the pipeline since the release of the Green Papers in 2011. This bill is a government discourse on the status of agricultural variables within South Africa’s emergency economy. The ANC has repeatedly assured the nation of their earnest concern to quicken the division of land, citing reasons related to the reparation of past inequalities, expansion of the local economy and the diversification and integration of social relations between individuals and entities that would not normally be exposed to each other.

Agri SA Lashes Out – No Tolerance for Upcoming Bill

The compassionate and good-spirited union of all individuals, businesses and governing bodies that make up our country, is needed for nation-wide growth, prosperity and abundance. Not every individual concerned is convinced of their ruling party’s motives. Agri SA met the motion with extreme resistance, stating that they plan to release a legal opposition to the bill. The firm view of this prominent non-profit organization of private farmers is that implementing the mandatory sale of a fixed proportion of land, as proposed, will be the same as “Gambling with food security”. President of Agri SA, Johannes Moller, also expressed that the bill would cause “fragmentation of agricultural land‚ a negative impact on productivity‚ a reduction in the profitability of agribusinesses‚ very little positive effect – or none at all – on poverty relief‚ high administration costs and a negative impact on investment in the sector”. Regardless of the outcome, it is crystal clear that with a housing deficit of 2.5 million homes and 7.5 million South Africans estimated to be homeless, the issue is becoming ever-more urgent. When combined with the inhumane living & social conditions matched with the poor infrastructure found in widespread areas of our nation, is evident that South Africa is in desperate need of healing and reparation in many forms.

 

Black South Africans did not need social grants, but their land back

“I don’t buy votes. We are here to feed your soul. Don’t vote for me for material gain, don’t choose me for what you can get.” He said they had been voting for “Yellow T-shirts” since 1994, and had nothing to show for it. “Stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels, but when they do come, take them. It is your money after all.” But they should not use them as an excuse to vote for certain parties, he said.

Black South Africans did not need social grants, but their land back, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Sunday.

In a hall packed with mostly young supporters clad in EFF regalia, which was for sale at the venue, Malema said black South Africans did not need grants.

“We just need our land back.” He referred to the social grants as a bribe.

Malema said once people had land, they would then be able to provide for their families, without relying on government aid.

“We can work for our children. We don’t want social grants, we are rich in land, mines.” Stop voting for T-shirts Malema urged South Africans to stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels.

“I don’t buy votes. We are here to feed your soul. Don’t vote for me for material gain, don’t choose me for what you can get.” He said they had been voting for “Yellow T-shirts” since 1994, and had nothing to show for it.

“Stop voting for T-shirts and food parcels, but when they do come, take them. It is your money after all.” But they should not use them as an excuse to vote for certain parties, he said.

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/we-dont-need-social-grants-we-want-land-malema-20160515accessed15/05/16

Happy Nurses Day for doing your Job!

How many family members have lost loved ones because of the process and protocols for medical staff? Just doing their job and their job required a pace not comparable to that life waiting in an emergency room… So yes, Happy Nurses Day for doing your job!

I wish I could share my sentiments by wishing all nurses a happy Nurses Day without being reminded of the awful experiences we, the public have to undergo whilst you are bound to your policies – ball and chain – which regulate the good for the shareholders rather than the patients’ benefits.

I do appreciate that there are brilliant medical staff who does do a superbly good job. However, in the light of reality, it is your job, just like the catering staff at the hospital is it not?

In the days of Florence Nightingale, I would recognise that passion as I found sacrificial, benevolent and kind-hearted, not staff or job but humanity. Today on this Nurses Day consider whether it’s a job or a passion? Then look around you and realise that we have fenced off a commodity in choosing the lives we save based upon class and privilege.

Hence playing the role of gods are the pharmaceutical corporations which has taken that which is good and free by the pioneers of the past, and made off-limits for private profiteering and turned it into an expensive commodity.

How many family members have lost loved ones because of the process and protocols for medical staff? Just doing their job and their job required a pace not comparable to that life waiting in an emergency room… So yes, Happy Nurses Day for doing your job!

Black men see rape as a right, says South African judge

I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12, Ms Jansen said in another repost from Ms Schutte. She told commenters on a Facebook thread that “99%” of her cases were “black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as five years old”, then asked one poster: “Is this part of your culture?”

A senior white South African judge is at the centre of a fresh racism furore over comments she made that black South African men regarded rape as a cultural right.

Period, Ms Jansen said in one of Ms Schuttes reposts.

I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12, Ms Jansen said in another repost from Ms Schutte. She told commenters on a Facebook thread that “99%” of her cases were “black fathers/uncles/brothers raping children as young as five years old”, then asked one poster: “Is this part of your culture?”

On Twitter on Sunday, Ms Jansen said, apparently in response to Ms Schuttes reposts: What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context.

Many South Africans took to social media, demanding Ms Jansens removal from the bench.

South Africa has some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, a scourge often blamed on poverty, joblessness and glaring income disparities, with minority whites still often better off despite 22 years of black majority rule.

Reported cases of rape have been on the decline, according to the Institute of Security Studies think-tank, with 43,195 reported in 2014-15, down 7.4% from 2008-09, though analysts say the crime often goes unreported.

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 source:http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/black-men-see-rape-as-a-right-sayssouth-africanjudge-398827.htmlaccessedWednesday, May 11, 2016byEd Stoddard, Johannesburg.

South Africa fails to protect 363 rhinos but claims it is an improvement?

A total of 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa in the first four months of this year. That is down from 404 rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa in the same period last year. What if someone’s job depended on the safeguard of these endangered animals? Do you think the results would be the same?

A total of 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa in the first four months of this year, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, said on Monday.

That is down from 404 rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa in the same period last year, according to official figures.

The Kruger National Park , one of Africa’s biggest game reserves in north-eastern South Africa, continued to bear the brunt of rhino poaching, losing 232 rhinos from January to April, said Molewa.

What if someone’s job depended on the safeguard of these endangered animals? Do you think the results would be the same?


Since 2008 poachers have killed at least 5,940 African rhinos……

Rhino poaching is currently at a crisis point. By the end of 2015, the number of African rhinos killed by poachers had increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1,338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa in 2015. These statistics are compiled by by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG).

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. However rhino poaching levels have dramatically escalated over recent years. The below graph shows the exponential increase in poaching from 2007 – 2015.

1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa during 2015, a slight decrease on the previous year when a record 1,215 rhinos were illegally killed. This is the first time the country has recorded a dip in poaching levels since 2007, when the rate of poaching began to escalate rapidly.

Although it is encouraging to see South Africa’s poaching levels fall slightly, poaching losses are still extremely high. 40 fewer rhinos killed in 2015 than in 2014 is statistically insignificant when you’re talking such large numbers of poaching deaths.

2015 South African rhino poaching

Above: Graph showing South African rhino poaching statistics using data published by South African Department of Environmental Affairs (2016)

Worryingly, the crisis has spread to neighbouring countries in southern Africa, with Namibia and Zimbabwe experiencing an exponential increase in poaching. During 2015, Namibia lost 80 rhinos to poaching, up from 25 in 2014 and just two in 2012. In Zimbabwe, it is reported that at least 50 rhinos were poached last year, more than double the previous year. For Africa as a whole, the total number of rhinos poached during 2015 was the highest in two decades.

Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. However, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this iconic species is dramatically increasing, pushing the remaining rhinos closer and closer towards extinction. The Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2011, with the primary cause identified as poaching. In fact, all five remaining rhinos species are listed on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered.

The current poaching crisis is attributed to the growing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, mainly Vietnam and China. Vietnam has been identified as the largest user country of rhino horn. Although rhino horn has no scientific medical benefits, consumers are using it to treat a wide range of conditions, from cancer to hangovers, and due to its high value it is now also used as a status symbol by wealthy individuals. The high price fetched for the horn has attracted the involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates who use high-tech equipment to track down and kill the rhinos.To learn more about the threats to rhino please click here.

Law enforcement plays a crucial role in deterring poachers, however there is no single answer to combat the current poaching crisis. A variety of strategies are needed to combat poaching including rigorous anti-poaching and monitoring patrols, community conservation and environmental education schemes, captive breeding, translocations and demand reduction projects in Asia. If you want to contribute to these efforts and be a part of saving the worlds remaining rhino please click here to find out more about supporting Save the Rhino International.

 

 


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I go around Africa and people ask me very embarrassing questions

“I go around Africa and people ask me very embarrassing questions about this Parliament.

“I am happy that you were able to handle the House but commenting as somebody who from time to time comes to this House to participate I believe the house needs to do more to bring this house to order,” he said in his reply to the budget vote debate on the presidency.

“I go around Africa and people ask me very embarrassing questions about this Parliament.

“I thought you should know this, some are complaining particularly in this region that in the manner in which we behave in Parliament, we are changing the perceptions they have heard about us, that we are a leading example of the constitutional democracy. They are now saying you are influencing some of their people in a wrong way.”

Falling into a state of learned helplessness-passive acceptance

Thankfully, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Human brains are not fixed; neuroscience research shows that they remain plastic well into adulthood.

Biases can lead people to overlook their limitations and be overconfident of their abilities. Even when people overcome such biases and actually want to improve, they can handicap themselves by doubting their ability to change.

Classic psychological research by Martin Seligman and his colleagues explained how animals and people can fall into a state of learned helplessness-passive acceptance and resignation that develops as a result of repeated exposure to negative events perceived as unavoidable.

Unconsciously, people often find themselves mimicking the emotions, behaviour, speech patterns, expressions, and moods of others without even realising that they are doing so. While role modelling is commonly associated with high-power leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates, it isn’t limited to people in formal positions of authority. Everyone has the power to model roles, and groups of people may exert the most powerful influence of all. No wonder TV shows have been using canned laughter for decades; believing that other people find a show funny makes us more likely to find it funny too.

 

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 source:http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-four-building-blocks--of-changeaccessed9/05/16

Vandalising Educational Institutions are becoming the Norm

Vuwani residents are protesting against the creation of a new municipality which will include Malamulele residents so resulting to the burning of schools to gain attention.

Limpopo police say nine schools were set alight in Vuwani and Levubu last night, allegedly by angry protesters, bringing the total number of schools torched this week to 13.

On Monday, four schools were also vandalised after being informed that a high court dismissed their application to exclude their area from a new municipality.

This was a stern warning from a Vuwani resident who pre-empted the burning of yet another school on Saturday morning.

Despite the increased police presence police confirmed on Saturday that another school was set alight in Vuwani.

Police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said a school which had been previously vandalised by protesters was torched on Saturday morning, putting the number of schools set alight at 20.

There are 20 burnt school and four damaged school, he said.

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/let-the-schools-burn-let-them-burn-vuwani-resident-20160507accessed08/05/16