Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city and economic hub, is an increasingly attractive destination for major global conferences, having risen a remarkable 133 places in the International Congress and Convention Association rankings over the past three years.
The 100th school has been delivered under the government's Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative with the completion of Dorrington Matsepe Primary School in Kroonstad. The schools all have specialist classrooms and much-needed facilities.
The budget will be a balancing act. Reining in spending and raising taxes will usher in a few years of pain – not very heavy pain, but unavoidable pain – and the finance minister will need to find a way to spread it among as many groups as possible without causing anger or resentment.
With the theme "Together We Move South Africa Forward", the 2015 State of the Nation Address will be an opportunity to celebrate progress South Africa has made over the past year, and an opportunity to highlight priorities for the next. Let's look at the numbers that make up the event.