Date: 17 May 2021

Speaking notes by National Treasury Director-General, Dondo Mogajane, at the launch of the City Spatialised Economic Data Reports: extract

Today’s launch of eight metro reports containing spatialised economic data drawn from anonymised tax data sources is a first for South Africa. The importance of having spatialised data means that for the first time we as a country are able to understand and compare what is happening over time to formal firms and jobs within specific city spaces – the central business districts and smaller economic nodes, industrial parks and Special Economic Zones, townships and logistics hubs – and also where jobs are being created and where firms are locating at a city-wide level.

Previously, we were largely reliant on economic modelling and expensive business surveys to estimate these trends. While substantial work is done by organisations such as Statistics South Africa producing important economic data, their primary mandate is not focussed on producing sub-metro information. Metros in South Africa have consistently requested access to spatialised administrative economic data from various government agencies and departments, but with limited success. The availability of tax data within National Treasury’s Secure Data Centre presented a “quick win” opportunity to address the dearth of economic data at metro level, and this project became the first attempt to utilise this data within the Facility to inform city level policy and planning.

Note: The full text of the DG’s speech can be accessed here

National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme makes spatially aggregated employment and firm level data at a sub-municipal level publicly available. National Treasury has made available spatial data mined from anonymised administrative tax data documenting employment and firm level statistics at a sub-municipal level longitudinally. The data presented in eight metro reports includes information per tax year from 2013 to 2018 related to:

  • The number of weighted employees per main place (including data disaggregated by age groups, gender, wage bands and industry information)
  • The number of firms per main place (including data disaggregated by firm size, employment and turnover trends, export status and the number of new and closed firms).

Note: Download the eight metro reports and the introductory overview reports from the launch (14 May 2021) here

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