Statistics South Africa has released the Labour Market Dynamics in South Africa, 2015 report "which shows that between 2009 and 2015 employment increased from 14,2 million to 15,7 million. This rise, however, did not keep pace with the increase in the working age population and as such the absorption rate, at 43,7% in 2015 was still 2,2 percentage points below the 2008 pre-recessionary high."
"Higher education institutions depend mostly on government grants and tuitions fees for income, according to data from Stats SA’s latest Financial statistics of higher education institutions report. Of the R63 billion received as income by higher education institutions in 2015, 43% was sourced from government, 34% from tuition fees, 6% from donations and the remaining 17% from other sources, such as investments." Source: How important are student fees?
According to the Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla: “We’re spending money on students that do not succeed and that’s what making the system more expensive.”
The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) invites comments on the Vision 2050 Discussion Document. "To ensure sustainable and affordable food security, the ARC has defined the following as being the change imperative for agriculture in South Africa, leading up to the year 2050: 'South Africa’s population will increase substantially leading to 2050 resulting in an increase in the demand for agriculture products. Compromised food security and food safety could impact on public welfare and socio-‐political stability. The mix of food supply will change to meet changing dietary requirements, consumer preferences and affordability.'"
SALGA in collaboration with the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) has released a study titled Costing of Municipal Services to Inform DORA Allocations: Final Report. They "developed an approach for estimating the cost of providing basic services to poor households and amongst many the results this project show that administrative costs associated with providing basic services are significantly high in many municipalities."