Explore, visualise and interact with youth-centered data

New: Labour Market indicators

These indicators show the scale and distribution of formal, full-time equivalent, employment in South Africa. This includes demographic and industry disaggregations for employees, as well as industry and size disaggregations for establishments. The indicators have been developed in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council, using anonymised tax data curated by SARS and the National Treasury. Data is presented at the metro and local municipality level*, as well as at sub-metro level. To learn more please access the metadata document.


These indicators are not yet available for provinces (seen when South Africa is viewed in the Data Mapper). Select a province with a metro, or a district municipality on the map to see the Labour Market options in the Data Mapper menu.

*Some municipalities do not have data and appear grey

See these indicators by visiting the provinces and districts in the data mapper:

Labour Market in Data Mapper

This category is only shown at the levels where the indicator data is available. See the next card for how to find those.

Example: Metro-level data in Gauteng

See the data at metro level by selecting a province e.g. Gauteng or Eastern Cape. See local municipalities by selecting a district, e.g. Nkangala or Gert Sibande District Municipality. See sub-metro level by selecting a metro, e.g. Mangaung.

How to use Youth Explorer

Search for a location

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Search for a specific location on the map and explore various measures of wellbeing of the young people who live there. Youth Explorer uses census data to provide a comprehensive picture of youth wellbeing, from the national down to the Ward and Mainplace (suburb) level.

Explore rich data

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Rich, youth specific data relating to various categories of wellbeing is available for all geographies in South Africa. From basic statistics, to configurable charts - find and download the data that relates best to your interest.

Data is presented for youth aged 15-24 (following the international definition) and 15-35 (following the South African definition). Disaggregation for smaller age brackets is possible for most indicators.

Plot points of interest

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We work with various partners to provide accurate information on government services relevant to young people. This information can assist youth and those working with youth to identify the services closest to them. It can also guide policy and intervention planning by identifying gaps in service provision.

Overlay a dataset

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The indicators of youth wellbeing can be mapped, in the form of a choropleth. That map can then be overlaid with the location of various youth services. This provides a rich picture of the status of youth wellbeing in relation to access to services, or the absence thereof.  

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Please cite Youth Explorer as follows:

Youth Explorer, SALDRU, University of Cape Town and OpenUp. Retrieved Month, Date, Year, from https://youthexplorer.org.za/