Banks, BASA, Treasury agree to curb irresponsible lending

Banks, BASA, Treasury agree to curb irresponsible lending

Representatives of major retail banks, the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) and the National Treasury have signed an agreement aimed at improving responsible lending and preventing households from being caught in a debt spiral. In a joint statement on Thursday, the parties expressed concerns at the excessive lending to households even when such loans […]

Unemployment rate rises

Unemployment rate rises

South Africa’s unemployment rate had increased from 24.9% to 25.5% in the third quarter of 2012, said Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday. Releasing the third Quarter Labour Force Survey (QLFS) on Thursday, Stats SA said the number of unemployed persons, at 4.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, was the highest level […]

Cwele hails work on Protection of State Information Bill

Cwele hails work on Protection of State Information Bill

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele has welcomed the work being done by the Adhoc Committee on the Protection of State Information Bill in efforts to improve the Bill. Cwele appeared before the Committee in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this week to respond to the proposed amendments made by the committee. The minister was […]

Stats SA, Council stand by Census results

Stats SA, Council stand by Census results

Statistics South Africa and the Statistics Council have defended the accuracy of the results of Census 2011, saying they were in line with universally accepted standards and were reached after much consideration. Following concerns raised on the accuracy of the results and claims that they were rushed by Prof Moultrie and Prof Dorrington – consultants […]

Zuma: Great strides made to improve SA lives

Zuma: Great strides made to improve SA lives

The Census 2011 results show that great strides have been made in improving the lives of many South Africans, President Jacob Zuma said while receiving the results in Pretoria today. “It is heartening to note that the proportion of people who completed higher education has increased from 7.1 percent in 1996 to 12.3 percent in […]

SA’s population at 51.7 million

SA’s population at 51.7 million

South Africa’s population has swelled from 40.5 million in 1996 to 51.7 million in 2011, results of Census 2011 have shown. “The Census results show that the population of South Africa increased by about four million from 1996 to 2001. In the ten years since the last census about seven million people have been added […]

Census 2011 results to be released today

Census 2011 results to be released today

The results of Census 2011 detailing data about the development of South Africans over the past decade will be released at 10am today. The census looked at: Where South Africans lived, by province, municipality and suburb; How many people lived in a household, their occupation, age, gender, how they were related to each other, which […]

Motshekga pleased with matric exams progress

Motshekga pleased with matric exams progress

The first week of the 2012 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations has gone well, with minimal incidents or irregularities, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday after reviewing reports from around the country. Motshekga noted that some provinces experienced challenges in starting on time due to differing reasons, but there were rapid response mechanisms […]

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