By the Numbers

by The Editor

SERIES: Some light reading for a Friday: 10 interesting numbers from current affairs and politics that tell a story. Did you know the Free State Government is spending some R15 million in 2012 to upgrade Free State premier Ace Magashule’s house? For this fact and a range of other curious numbers, read on. Below the graphic is the full list of numbers and, in each case, the source from where they originate.

By the Numbers

By: Gareth van Onselen

14 September 2012

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The Numbers

11. The number of Chief Whips Forum meetings, out of 19, the ANC Chief Whip has missed in 2012.
R220.7 million. The size of the transfer (63% of its budget) the Treasury has stopped to Nala Municipality in the Free State for the 2013/14 financial year, due to its continued maladministration.
82. The number of annual journalism awards ceremonies in South Africa, one every 4.5 days.
4. The number of times the Western Cape has hosted Bafana Bafana in the last 19 years.
59. The number of times Gauteng has hosted Bafana Bafana over the same period.
R136 722. The size of the increase in President Zuma’s salary this year (5.5%) from R2 485 839 to R2 622 561.
R11 394. How much more money the President’s increase works out to per month.
R10 500. Approximately how much per month a Lonmin Rock Drill Operator earns. They are currently striking in demand of an increase to take their salary to R12 500.
R40 million. At least how much the ANC’s 2012 Policy Conference cost, according to the Sunday Independent.
R15 million. The amount allocated by the Free State Government in 2012 to upgrade Free State premier Ace Magashule’s house.

Previous Editions:
By the Numbers: 7 September 2012

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