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Geo-targeted interventions: concentrating on the geography of unemployment

07 May 2013
12:30 - 13:30

Date: 7 May 2013

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Presenter: Ms Gina Weir-Smith, Chief GIS Specialist, HSRC



The spatial understanding of unemployment in South Africa is often limited to provinces. This paper explores spatial patterns in unemployment data from 1991 to 2011 to obtain a spatially more detailed understanding of the phenomenon.  The unemployment data were analysed through mapping standard deviation intervals, spatial autocorrelation and the dissimilarity index.

Unemployment showed a spatial pattern over time in South Africa and municipalities with high unemployment figures over time were spatially concentrated.  It is recommended that census data should be released at a small area level to allow more accurate comparison of socio-economic data over time. Job creation policies should focus on and economic growth and be stimulated in areas like Lusikisiki, Taung and Jane Furse which are removed from markets and have medium population densities.

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This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speakers will be in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban: First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: