News in brief: 01 October – 15 October 2021

James Sleight

From Stats SA: South Africa’s protected areas

A recently published report, Accounts for Protected Areas: 1900 to 2020, provides an overview of protected land in South Africa, offering valuable insight into the nature of the protected area estate and its growth and development from the turn of the last century.

Five Takeaways:

  • South African protected areas make up 9,2% of its total land area. These include National Parks, Nature Reserves, Protected Environments, Forest Nature Reserves, Forest Wilderness Areas, Mountain Catchment Areas and World Heritage Sites.

  • From 2015 to 2020, the land area of Protected Environments increased by 171,4%

  • In terms of proportion, Mpumalanga is the most extensively protected province with 22% of its area consisting of protected areas.

  • In absolute terms, Limpopo has the most protected area (2 429 536 ha), and accounts for 21,5% of the country’s total.

  • While the Grassland biome had the second largest absolute increase in area protected since 2000 (503 103 ha protected), it ranks second lowest in terms of proportion of protected (second to Nama-Karoo biome).

  • The Desert biome was not protected until 2000.

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  •  Download the entire report: Accounts for Protected Areas, 1900 to 2020                                                                                                                                       

Medical Research Council estimates Covid-19 has claimed nearly a quarter million South African lives

Over 260,000 more people have died in South Africa since May 2020 than expected. This is according to researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC), who estimate that 85 to 95% of these “excess” deaths are directly from Covid.

This is nearly three times as high as the official Covid death toll published by the Minister of Health. The problem with the official death toll is that it only includes confirmed Covid deaths in health facilities.

The SAMRC estimates that “nationally 85-95% of the excess natural deaths are attributable to COVID-19. The remaining 5-15% of the excess deaths are considered to be attributable to collateral causes, probably mainly due to overwhelming of the health services during surges in the pandemic.”

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Report Studies pilot Global Basic Income Grant (BIG) projects since 2000

As a social security measure, the BIG is a necessary means to enhance income security for all through the redistribution of wealth generated by all. Thus, the BIG is not just a means for fighting poverty and reducing inequality, but it is also an economic stimulus that increases the purchasing power of a country’s population through direct unconditional cash transfers. The findings reflect that BIG cash transfers have increased positive effects on the levels of labour market participation and entrepreneurial/self-employment activities among BIG pilot participants, especially women. This goes against the well-documented myth that a BIG would dis-incentivise work, and breed a culture of laziness and dependence on state “hand-outs”

Gender-Based Violence Council Bill to Be Introduced to Parliament

A Bill which, in the main, lays out the legal framework for the establishment of the National Council on Gender Based Violence and Femicide is expected to be introduced to Parliament within the financial year. According to the explanatory summary, the proposed legislation seeks to set up a multi-sectoral, independent and non-partisan advisory body consisting of representatives from both the government and civil society organisations to ensure effective coordination and implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF-NSP).

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News in brief: 15 – 30 June 2021

James Sleight
01 July 2021

[Media Release] African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
23 July 2021

News in brief: 16 – 31 August 2021

James Sleight
03 September 2021

Civil society calls on the public to stand up and fight corruption

Masego Mafata | GroundUp
09 November 2021


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19 June 2019

News in brief: 1 - 15 November

Finance Minister Godongwana gives # MTBPS2021; Dismal voter turnout at South Africa’s municipal elections; Petrol prices approach R20 per litre; Will load shedding impact matric exams?

News in brief: 16 – 31 October 2021

Annual consumer price inflation up slightly in September; Massive database of killings by police made public; UN climate change study paints grim picture; Constitutional court confirms warrantless searches in cordoned off areas unconstitutional; Civil society underwhelmed by Government proposal to replace the Covid-19 SRD grant

News in brief: 01 October – 15 October 2021

Stats SA on South Africa’s protected areas; Medical Research Council estimates Covid-19 has claimed nearly a quarter million South African lives; Report Studies pilot Global Basic Income Grant (BIG) projects since 2000; Gender-Based Violence Council Bill to Be Introduced to Parliament

News in brief: 16 September – 30 September 2021

Consumer inflation edges up in August; Komape family wins court battle seven years after their son drowned in a pit toilet; Covid-19 exposes South Africa’s broken food system; Teen pregnancies spike during pandemic

News in brief: 01 September – 15 September 2021

Gauteng Quality of Life survey shows heavy impact of Covid-19 on economy; 12.9 million apply for Covid19 SRD Grant; Bad news for S.A education as we emerge from Lockdown; Stats SA: Economy records fourth consecutive quarter of growth; Masks work and vaccine saves lives, but disinformation stands in the way.

News in brief: 16 – 31 August 2021

Can the government force us to be vaccinated?; Former Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to be prosecuted for perjury; South African’s unemployment rate now the highest in the world; SA labour market is more favourable to men than women

News in brief: 1 – 15 August 2021

Concern over fate of SA’s children amidst the govt Covid19 response, Coal dependence of SA power industry, SASSA SRD grant application process under strain, Debate over Copyright Amendment Bill

News in brief: 15 – 31 July 2021

Re-instatement of SRD grant; Making 'Ecocide' an international crime; Police raids unfairly targeting poor.

News in brief: 1 – 15 July 2021

Lockdown impact on school dropout rates; Calls for basic income support; Govt spending breakdown

News in brief: 15 – 30 June 2021

Arts sector in crisis; ECD excluded from vaccinations; Shocking youth unemployment statistics; What is Juneteenth?

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