New Statistician-General and Head of Statistics South Africa is appointed

Minister in the Presidency, Mr. Jeff Radebe, today announced the appointment of the new Statistician-General and Head of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Mr. Risenga Maluleke. His appointment will take effect from the 1st of November 2017 when Dr. Pali Lehohla’s tenure expires at the end of October. Maluleke has served within Stats SA for twenty years, having joined Stats SA as a manager at Limpopo provincial office in 1997. He is currently a Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Statistical Collections and Outreach. His portfolio is responsible for Provincial Offices (responsible data collection for censuses and sample surveys), International Statistical Development as well as Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations.

The Statistics Act 6 of 1999 prescribes under Section 6 that the President appoints an appropriately qualified person as the Statistician-General who is also the head of Stats SA. Section 2 on the purpose of the Act says the purpose “is to advance the planning, production, analysis, documentation, storage, dissemination and use of official and other statistics.” The Act makes provision for “the Statistician-General as head of Statistics South Africa and Section 7 outlines the duties of such a person amongst which are the collection, compilation and analysis of official statistics in accordance with the purpose of official statistics and the statistical principles, conducting a population census and coordination among producers of statistics. Further, the Statistician-General is to “establish a Statistics Council and provide for its functions; to repeal certain legislation; and to provide for connected matters”.

Maluleke’s extensive experience in the organisation is backed by his qualifications: BSc (Mathematical Statistics) – University of Limpopo, MPhil (Urban and Regional Science) – Stellenbosch University. He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes with Wits and Harvard Business Schools.

On learning of the appointment of his successor, his outgoing predecessor Dr. Lehohla had this to say “In Risenga Maluleke I had a trusted and enduring partner with whom over a quarter of a century we engaged in the most daring of leadership missions to construct what has become the most iconic institution of the state. Whilst matters of appointment of a Statistician-General are prescribed in law and are not for an outgoing Statistician-General, I am distinctly pleased by the choice the leadership has made. I can now safely disclose what I said to Dr. Benny Mokaba twenty one years ago after the panel interviewed and decided to appoint Risenga Maluleke in October 1996 to the Statistics Office in Limpopo. I called Benny and said to him ‘today we have appointed a new head for the Central Statistics Service in the making.’ In Risenga we have a well-grounded leader with balance, instilling fairness and justice in all his dealings, he has enduring strength, he imbues humility, he is a servant leader, a village boy who with agility adapts to metropoles of the world, and who is ready to take on any adversity with a singularly determined mind for finding solutions. My success in leading and building this mighty organisation would not have been possible if Risenga was not leading with me in the most treacherous of waters. My relay is done, I am passing the baton to a well-tested professional and leader.”

Stats SA wishes to thank Dr. Pali Lehohla for his dedicated leadership over the years, his immense contribution to Stats SA, the statistics fraternity in the region and the world over. Congratulations and well wishes to Mr. Risenga Maluleke on his appointment as Statistician-General and Head of Stats SA.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Statistics South Africa.

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An initial appraisal of Africa’s path towards sustainable development

A new report launched today states that in spite of recent progress, African countries need to sustain efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and gender inequality and also improve their statistical capabilities to implement and track progress towards Africa’s own Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Jointly published by the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for African (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the 2017 Africa Sustainable Development Report: Tracking Progress on Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals, was launched today during a high -level event hosted by the African Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations.

In attendance were His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AUC; Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, ECA; Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, UNDP; H.E. Victor Harrison, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, AUC; Mr Desire Vencatachellum, Director, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships, AfDB; and Mr. Eddy Maloka, CEO, Africa Peer Review Mechanism.

The baseline report focuses on the continent’s advances along the six goals of the 2017 HLPF [Goal 1 (End Poverty); Goal 2 – (Zero Hunger); Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being); Goal 5 (Gender Equality); Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure); and Goal 14 (Life below water)] and towards the realization the Africa’s regional development framework.

In his opening remarks, UNDP Regional Director for Africa Abdoulaye Mar Dieye said that: “The positive progress that we see needs to be celebrated while accelerating efforts to diversify economies through increased strategic investments in infrastructure and innovation in order to reach our full potential.”

Significant strides and lingering challenges

As the first comprehensive appraisal of its kind since the adoption of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs, the new report acknowledges the region’s significant progress in increasing agricultural value (up by 9 percentage points), improving gender parity in primary and secondary school (despite lingering low levels in tertiary education) and female representation in parliament, reducing child and maternal mortality (though very high compared to other regions) and HIV infection (down by 62% between 2000 and 2015), and increasing mobile network coverage (which has allowed for enhanced financial inclusion).

As the report’s is informed by the theme of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, it brings to attention areas of pressing concerns that need to be addressed in order for Africa to fully reach its potential.

Specifically, the authors call to attention the fact that in sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture value is only 62 % of the world average, that only 5% of agricultural land is irrigated (compared with 41 % in Asia and 21 % globally) and the persistence of conservative and harmful social norms such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

Speaking to the imperative of leveraging Africa’s youth potential, the AUC Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey observed that: “If you want to reap a dividend you must first start by investing. This is the reason why our slogan at the AUC has been: Education, Education, Education!”

Furthermore, the report points to the region’s high rate of road traffic-related deaths (26.6 % much higher than the global average 17.4 % in 2013), its underdeveloped infrastructure, underinvestment in research and development (less than 0.5% of its GDP compared with 2 % globally), and the prevalence of unregulated and destructive fishing practices in its 38 coastal States as potential threats to the realization of its sustainable development agenda.

A call to harness the data revolution and upgrade the continent’s statistical capabilities

Informed by the latest harmonized data and a broad range of sources (including the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Statistics Division of the United Nations and the World Bank’s world development indicators), the 2017 Africa Sustainable Development Report builds on the finding of the earlier publications, especially the 2016 MDGs to Agenda 2063/SDGs Transition Report.

Covering all countries with relevant data, the baseline publication also addresses the gap in the continent’s data collection capacities, which are seen as critical for the evidence-based policy making and tracking of progress towards the Agenda 2063’s 20 goals and 174 targets and Agenda 2030’s 17 goals and 169 targets.

“Six out of every 10 SDG indicators cannot be tracked in Africa due to data constraints. Strengthening our data ecosystem is therefore imperative not only for performance tracking but for informed policymaking.” said ECA Executive Director Vera Songwe.

The report estimates that 1 billion dollars is needed annually to allow 77 of the world’s lowest income countries to establish robust and reliable statistical systems that are capable if measuring and sustaining SDGs.

“The increasing demand for data and statistics under the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 is an opportunity for Africa to embark on the data revolution in order to improve statistical capacity in all domains” the authors indicate.

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President Zuma Appoints Members of the Commission for Gender Equality

President Jacob Zuma has appointed four members of the Commission for Gender Equality.

The President has appointed Ms. Tamara Eugenia Mathebula, Mr. Sediko Daniel Rakolote, and Ms. Nthabiseng Sepanya Mogale as part-time members as well as Ms. Nthabiseng Moleko as a full-time member of the Commission.

The President has also designated Ms. Lulama Nare as the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality with immediate effect until 31 March 2019.

President Zuma wishes the newly appointed members all the best in their new responsibilities.

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Africa’s first ever online Oil and Gas media company marks first year anniversary

At a recent event in Lagos to commemorate the anniversary of Africa’s first ever online Oil and Gas media company Upstreaminsider, Emeka Eke, founder and CEO said, “History was made a year ago when Africa’s first ever online Oil and Gas media company was born! For us it’s been a long and an exciting journey with potholes that has propelled and motivated us into becoming one of Africa’s most trusted and reliable sources for Oil and Gas news.

With a technology-based foundation, implementing a digital approach to our style of news dissemination has often seen Upstreaminsider – The Professional Network for Upstream Experts being described as an Oil and Gas media-tech company!”

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Upstreaminsider (, the professional network for upstream experts, owned and operated by, Royalty Holdings, its parent company, observes trends in the oil markets and what they portend for the future of oil from an upstream point of view! These observations form the basis of an analysis by a think tank who make forecasts of the underlying causes and effects militating against the oil industry as well as proffer realistic and feasible solutions.

While we pride ourselves on being Africa’s truly first and perhaps only existing online Oil and Gas Media/PR company with a vast global network among industry giants globally, we have the privilege to operate within Nigeria, a global Oil & Gas hub with over 180 million people! A truly incredible market! With our combined overall experience of 65+ years in the global energy industry, we are very often perceived as O&G consultants making us Africa’s foremost energy experts.

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