‘Throttled’ Stats SA asks Treasury for more than R300m
Insufficient funds compromise agency’s ability to produce the country’s statistics, statistician-general Risenga Maluleke warns
The state-owned agency responsible for producing the country’s official statistics is reeling from the cuts announced in the February budget and is pleading for an additional R333m over the next three years to fill critical posts.
Stats SA produces vital data such as GDP growth figures, the consumer price index, quarterly labour force surveys as well as insights on manufacturing and the wholesale and retail trades. The data is critical for planning and government policymaking. ..