South Africa is an acknowledged leader in open and distance learning (ODL). It contributes to capacity development in the continent and beyond through its experts. South Africa is a key partner to COL that participates in a number of COL activities, and is also a major donor.

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

4,695,739

 

5,105,998

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20131

114.4%

 

107.1%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20121

22.7%

 

16.6%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

54.8%

 

n/a

Secondary(2009)

 

Tertiary (2012)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2015

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

92.6%

 

95.0%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

47%

 

59%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

42%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

62

 

56

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

9.2 147.5
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
3.1 25.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
25.8 48.9
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in April, 2015