The Mpumalanga Provincial Government (MPG) has a mandate to the National Development Matrix (NDM) of the Government-Wide Monitoring and Evaluation System (GWMES). The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) in the province has a task to check employment levels against targets as set out in the Mpumalanga Vision 2030, Strategic Implementation Framework (2013–2030) and the MEGDP (2010–2020) as well as to enhance coherence and efficiency towards economic growth and development in the province.
It was based on these tasks that on the 17th of August 2010 that Stats SA and MPG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing both parties to collaborate in partnership towards producing relevant quality statistics and to build statistical capacity in respective mandated areas of MPG.
Stats SA and DEDT entered into further agreements in November 2014, September 2015 and August 2018. Stats SA will conduct Mpumalanga Employment and Business Survey (MEBS) and give a report that will help DEDT to find constraints affecting job creation in the province and decide interventions required to create job opportunities.
Stats SA has already concluded MEBS Phase 1 listing and Phase 2 data collection processes both in Mbombela Local Municipality before it merged with Umjindi Local Municipality to form the City of Mbombela.
The survey will take place in two municipalities, Steve Tshwete and eMalahleni, starting from February until April 2019. During the survey, all businesses within these two municipalities, both formal and informal will be visited to collect data which will assist government to identify constraints affecting job creation in province and determine intervention required to create job opportunities.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), together with the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT), will embark on the Mpumalanga Employment and Business Survey (MEBS), in Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni Local Municipalities, in March 2019.
MEBS is the collection and data analysis of all formal and informal businesses in two Municipalities, Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni. It will assist DEDT to acquire information on the state of employment and businesses in the province. Stats SA will provide a report that will assist DEDT find constraints affecting job creation in the province and determine interventions required to create job opportunities. The project will pave a way of tracking employment and businesses in the local municipalities.
The scope of MEBS phase three (3) is to collect and analyse data for all formal and informal businesses in Steve Tshwete and Emalahleni Local Municipalities. During this phase, data collection will include, amongst others, the business information contained below:
Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing
This division comprises the activities of growing field crops, raising animals (livestock), the production of milk, wool and eggs, harvesting timber (forestry and logging), and harvesting other plants and animals from a farm or their natural habitats. Also included are activities such as commercial hunting and game propagation and fishing.
Mining and Quarrying
Includes the extraction and dressing of minerals occurring naturally, for example, solids (coal and ores); liquids (crude oil/petroleum) and gases (natural gas).
Assembly of the component parts of manufactured products is also considered as manufacturing. This includes the assembly of manufactured products from either self-produced or purchased components.
Electricity, gas and water supply
This division covers the activity of providing electric power, natural gas, steam supply, and water supply through a permanent infrastructure (network) of lines, mains and pipes.
This division includes general construction and special trade construction for buildings and civil engineering construction, building installation and building completion. It includes new work, repair, additions and alterations, the erection of prefabricated buildings or structures on site, and constructions of a temporary nature.
Wholesale and retail trade
This major division includes wholesale and retail sale (sale without transformation) of any type of goods, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. Wholesaling and retailing are the final steps in the distribution of merchandise.
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