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Data Change: South Africa subnational - CPI - Rebased to 2016
Friday, 17 Mar 2017 10:18 ET
By Mary Krajsa, Richard Grim
March 2017 -- For the detailed consumer price index for South Africa, the source has advanced the base year from 2012 to December 2016, and we have expanded our extract (53 monthly series 2008-2016, replaced by 145 from 2008).

In response, we have archived the predecessors (2012=100, January 2008 to December 2016) by renaming with an "_12" specifier, by marking the metadata as discontinued and by segregating in the catalog . The replacements (December 2016=100) have unchanged start dates. The classification is COICOP. Reported figures are not seasonally adjusted (NSA). Geo coverage is the total country, all urban areas, and the nine provinces.

The series reside in the historical catalog (South Africa » Price » Consumer price index » 2016=100) and the predecessors under the associated "discontinued" node. They include, for example:

  • CPITTU_12UM.IZAF    = [DISCONTINUED] CPI: All urban areas - All items, (Index 2012=100, NSA)
  • CPITTUUM.IZAF       = CPI: All urban areas - All items, (Index Dec2016=100, NSA)
  • CPIFPB_12UM.IZAF_WC = [DISCONTINUED] CPI: Food, (Index 2012=100, NSA) - for Western Cape
  • CPIFPBUM.IZAF_GT    = CPI: Food [01.1], (Index Dec2016=100, NSA) - for Gautent

Because catalog are subject to change, the upper-right search box on DataBuffet.com provides "find in catalog" mode that accepts a mnemonic.

About the dataset and our extract:

  • At this time, the basket has been redefined from 396 items to 412.
  • The weights have been updated.
  • We have expanded our detail coverage relative to the 2012-base dataset.
  • Our subnational coverage is limited to the concepts for "all items" and "food."
  • The COICOP code for each item is notated in square brackets in the "description" metadata field.
  • The source's identifier is notated in the "source" metadata field.
  • We have extended the all-items country-level index to January 1957.
  • For the same index, we have created a seasonally adjusted (SA) supplement.


Related ReleaseConsumer Price Index
SourceStatistics South Africa (Statistics SA)
GeographySouth Africa
Release DateReference date
19 Jul 2017Jun 2017
23 Aug 2017Jul 2017
20 Sep 2017Aug 2017
18 Oct 2017Sep 2017
22 Nov 2017Oct 2017
13 Dec 2017Nov 2017