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South Africa

What data is expected?

Key national statistics on demographic and economic indicators.

  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Consumer Price Index
  • Trade statistics of import and export
  • Foreign aid
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • National employment rate
  • Birth and death statistics
  • National population census
  • None of the above

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Available free of charge Yes Data available online is free. There might be a small fee charged if additional data is requested to cover costs (copying, postage, optical discs etc.)
Downloadable Yes Some of it is only a sample (census) with full data available on request (optical discs are posted)
Publicly available Yes Much of this data is published in PDF publications with some aggregate data available for download in csv or excel. Census data is limited to a 10% sample online with the full dataset available on request
Openly licenced No No official license cited for StatsSA, however this disclaimer is provided: “All Stats SA products are protected by copyright. Users may apply the information as they wish, provided that they acknowledge Stats SA as the source of the basic data wherever they process, apply, utilise, publish or distribute the data, and also that they specify that the relevant application and analysis (where applicable) result from their own processing of the data.” SARS also doesn't explicitly cite a license and these T&Cs are provided: "4.1. SARS hereby grants the User the right to view, download, and print the material and content and to use the services made available on and through the SARS website in accordance with the Rules and these Terms and Conditions, provided that such material, content, and serves are used for personal, educational, or non-commercial purposes only. No further reproduction or any form of distribution of the material and content is allowed. 4.2. Material, content, and services made available on and through the SARS website shall not be used or exploited by Users for any commercial and non-private purposes without the prior written consent of SARS."
Up-to-date No Where data is available, it is current
In an open and machine-readable format PDF also available
location http://interactive.statssa.gov.za:8282/webview/ - Nesstar data portal, http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1859 - publications landing page for Stats SA, http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Tr - SARS trade statistics, http://www.statssa.gov.za/timeseriesdata/Excel/P0441%20 - GDP, http://www.statssa.gov.za/timeseriesdata/Excel/P0141%20 - CPI, https://tools.sars.gov.za/tradestatsportal/data_downloa - Trade, http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0277/P0277Decem - Employment, http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1854&PPN=P0305&SCH=7 http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0305/P03052016. - Recorded live births, http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P03093/P03093201 - Mortality and recorded deaths, http://interactive.statssa.gov.za:8282/webview/ - Census * GDP - PDF, ASCII, XLS * CPI - PDF, ASCII, XLS * Employment - PDF * Births - PDF (this is the latest publication: 2016, next release is due in August 2018) * Deaths - PDF (this is the latest publication: 2016, next release is Feb 2019) * Census: XLS, CSV ((u:guests p:guests) 10% census sample available to browse and download. Full results can be requested)
Collected by government Yes
findable_steps I verified using a Google search as well as searching directly on the StatsSA site and data portal. SARS (trade stats) were found via google
characteristics Gross Domestic Product, Consumer Price Index, Trade statistics of import and export, National employment rate, Birth and death statistics, National population census No official foreign aid or FDI data available
Controlled access Yes guest account access credentials are provided on the portals
Collector name Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) Trade stats are published by SARS, the rest by StatsSA

Meta data

Data location   http://interactive.statssa.gov.za:8282/webview/ - Nesstar data portal
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1859 - publications landing page for Stats SA
   http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Tr - SARS trade statistics
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/timeseriesdata/Excel/P0441%20 - GDP
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/timeseriesdata/Excel/P0141%20 - CPI
   https://tools.sars.gov.za/tradestatsportal/data_downloa - Trade
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0277/P0277Decem - Employment
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/?page_id=1854&PPN=P0305&SCH=7 http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0305/P03052016. - Recorded live births
   http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P03093/P03093201 - Mortality and recorded deaths
   http://interactive.statssa.gov.za:8282/webview/ - Census
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Jennifer Walker
Submitters   Jennifer Walker
Last modified   Sat Jun 02 2018 08:19:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)