South Africa: Interesting State of the Nation Address Figures

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A street in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Anniversary

  • 100th – the anniversary of the birth of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Population

  • 57 million – South Africa’s diverse population.

Employment

  • 3,2 million – work opportunities created by public employment programmes.
  • 1 million – public servants employed by the State.
  • 6 million – working South Africans whose earnings are expected to increase.

Social development

  • 3,5 million –  indigent households being supported by government’s free basic services programme.
  • 17 million – social grants being paid each month, benefiting nearly a third of the population.
  • 1 million – children in early childhood development facilities.

Education

  • 60,6% – matric pass rate in 2009.
  • 75,1% – matric pass rate in 2017.
  • 1 million – students enrolled in higher education in 2018.
  • 500 000 – students enrolled in higher education in 1994.
  • 39 500 – bursaries to be awarded by the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for Initial Teacher Education over the next three years.
  • 1 million – internships to be created in the next three years.
  • R350 000 – the gross combined annual income of households of first-year students benefiting from free higher education in 2018.

Economy and investment

  • R57 billion – amount spent on locally produced goods.
  • 30% – value of public procurement to be set aside to small, medium and micro enterprises, cooperatives, and township and rural enterprises.
  • R1,5 billion – the value of the Small Business Fund established through the CEOs Initiative.
  • 26 – countries whose markets will be combined by the free-trade area.
  • 625 million – population of 26 countries whose markets will be combined by the free-trade area.

Tourism

  • 700 000 – direct jobs being sustained by tourism.

Infrastructure development

  • 187 – schools in rural and underprivileged urban areas across the country completed under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative programme.

Health

  • 2 million – additional people to be initiated on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.

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