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SA Trade
SA Trade
Jun 2018R 94,836
YTDR 553,054
Jun 2018R 99,530
YTDR 507,729
Trade balance
Jun 2018R 4,694
YTDR -45,324

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Regional eXplorer

A unique database for Analysing South Africa's sub-national socioeconomic data

Regional eXplorer (ReX) is a consolidated platform of integrated databases that provides accurate and up-to-date statistics down to the local municipal level for South Africa. ReX information is output for a broad range of topics, including economic, socioeconomic, demographic, and development data.

South African users may be aware that the process of collecting existing data and published studies is usually time consuming. Even once collected, the data are often inconsistent or outdated and in a format not supported by standard software platforms. ReX overcomes these challenges and gives the user vast amounts of data right at their fingertips through an easy-to-use interface that is compatible with Microsoft Excel®.

ReX is the first port of call for consistent and reliable geographically distributed data. ReX is ideal for policy makers, private or academic researchers, and consultants who wish to utilise South African-specific spatial information to assist in planning and decision-making processes. Subscribers find ReX an indispensable tool due to its comprehensive coverage, ease of use, and support from a well-established and reputable international research and analysis company.

Sources and methodology

ReX combines different sources of sub-national information. We bring you the relevant data from various sources:
Bureau for Market Research (BMR) at UNISA
Statistics South Africa (StatsSA)
South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
South African Revenue Services (SARS)
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Chamber of Mines of South Africa (CM)
Cement and Concrete Institute (CNCI)
South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA)
National Electricity Regulator (NER) and Eskom
Government departments, including the National Treasury and the DTI
Various development agencies
Selected private research houses
And many more

Each of the data sources come with their own strengths and weaknesses. Our deep experience with data, research, and modelling frameworks is applied to the reworking of primary data to ensure consistency across a wide range of variables. National and sub-national verification tests are applied to ensure that the entire ReX model is internally and externally consistent. ReX makes use of various models and modeling techniques to provide users with the most reliable and accurate information, including a macroeconometric model to measure business activity, a cohort component demographic model to measure household activity, a labour market model to measure labour activity, and a household income model to measure the interaction between business and households. Additional custom-built models provide extra analysis on socioeconomic variables such as household infrastructure and education levels.

A detailed and user-friendly "Help Centre" is included in every ReX subscription, providing:
An illustrated, step-by-step methodology for each model
A detailed literature review and list of data sources used in ReX
An illustrated guide, including videos, on how to use ReX
Interactive maps of all geographies covered by ReX
Detailed definitions for all topics covered by ReX

ReX is a "living" database that is continually updated and refined as more data become available. Updates are made available to subscribers on a quarterly basis, and we encourage active twoway communication with subscribers regarding the content and functionality of the service.

Geographical coverage

The following areas form the geographic coverage within ReX:
Metropolitan municipalities
Sub-metropolitan regional breakdowns
District municipalities
Magisterial districts
Local municipalities

The software also allows custom regions to be defined. These regions can be a combination of provincial and magisterial districts, or a combination of municipalities, which allows significant flexibility in customising areas for specialised analysis.

Rex provides you with:

  • Access to a unique, electronic interface to extract regional data
  • WriteBullet "Access to an electronic ""Help Centre"" that highlights the stepby-step methodology followed in compiling the database, and guidelines for some content interpretation and electronic maps of all geographies covered
  • Access to our team of analysts, economists, and econometricians who develop and maintain the database and who advise clients on data interpretation and methodology reasoning
  • Quarterly updates of regional data
  • The ability to extract complex charts (such as population pyramids and development diamonds) on the fly and directly into Excel®
  • Single-day training session on the use and functionality of the database (maximum of four users per session) at the IHS office in Centurion, Pretoria

Database content

The ReX database starts from the year 1996 and runs to the present for all modules. The frequency for all the modules is annual, with the exception of the IHS Global Insight Weather Module, which is a monthly dataset. Macroeconomic and demographic variables also include five-year forecasts.

Database content tables

1. Demographic
  Population by gender, age, and race
  Population growth rate
  Number of households by race
  Number of people by first language

2. Development
  Human development index (HDI) by race
  Gini coefficient by race
  Number of people in poverty by race (R / month, $1 and $2 / day)
  Highest level of education
  Functional literacy by race
  Population density by race
  Urbanisation by race

3. Labour module
  Economically active population by race and gender
  Number of unemployed people by race and gender
  Unemployment rate by race and gender
  Formal employment by 34 detailed SIC sectors
  Informal employment by 6 broad SIC sectors

4. Income and Expenditure
  Households by income category and race
  Personal and disposable income by race
  Per capita and per household income by race
  Expenditure per product type
  Retail sales by retail category
  Index of buying power

5. Economic
  Gross value added (GVA-R) by 34 detailed SIC sectors (nominal, real, per capita)
  Gross domestic product (GDP-R) (nominal, real, per capita)
  Labour remuneration (nominal)
  Gross operating surplus
  Tress Index
  Location quotient

6. International Trade
  Imports and exports
  By trade bloc and economic sector
  By geographic area and economic sector
  By country, Rand
  By harmonized system (HS), two digit

7. Environment and weather
  Size of area
  Land cover
  Average monthly and annual rainfall
  Average monthly minimum, maximum, and mean temperatures
  Average hours sunshine per day

8. Crime
  Violent and property crimes reported
  Composite crime index

9. Household infrastructure
  Households by access to sanitation
  Formal and informal housing
  Households by access to electricity
  Refuse removal data per household
  Municipality infrastructure index

10. Tourism
  Trips by purpose of trip
  Trips and bed nights by origin of tourist
  Total tourism spend

From a global forecasting leader with a regional focus

IHS is broadly recognised as an undisputed leader in economic analysis and forecasting. We provide the most comprehensive economic and financial coverage of countries, regions, and industries available from any source. Our Pretoria-based team is a leading provider of analysis and forecasts on the South African economy. We have experience in applying our skills to business problems in the real world, and provide strategic advice to large multinationals, small high-growth businesses, as well as government and non-governmental organisations. Our consulting research has earned us a reputation for accuracy and innovation.