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Country / Area: South Africa

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)N/A
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?- A further division "Service activities incidental to mining of minerals" was established under Mining for the classification of establishments providing such services to mines on a fee or contract basis.
- A further major division was established (Major division 0) to cover (over and above the activities of private households and exterritorial organisations, which are also groups in different divisions in ISIC) the activities of foreign governments stationed in South Africa as well as other activities.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The SIC has five levels. Numbers are used to identify the different levels that are arranged according to a decimal system. The first digit denotes the major division, the first and second digits together the division, the first three digits together the major group, the first four digits together the group and the full five digits the subgroup.
For example, the SIC number 39101 indicates the following:
- The business falls under the major division 3, i.e. manufacturing
- The business falls under the division 39, i.e. manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c; recycling
- The business falls under the major group 391, i.e. manufacture of furniture
- The business falls under the group 3910, i.e. manufacture of furniture. Note: The major group 'manufacture of furniture' has not been divided into further categories of the next level of classification (the group is still 'manufacture of furniture'). Hence '0' is used in the code position of the more detailed level.
- The business falls under the subgroup 39101, i.e. manufacture of furniture made predominately of metal.

From this example it is clear that the SIC is very user friendly.

Classification structure
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.No
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Koenic Goosen
Tel.: +27 (12) 310 8551
Email: koenieG@statssa.pwv.gov.za
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.Private Bag X44
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Tel.: +27(12) 310 8911
Email: info@stassa.pwv.gov.za
Website: http://www.statssa.gov.za

3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)The SIC was first published in August 1970.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.The SIC will be revised once the 4th edition of the ISIC has been published. Presently, the SIC is being continuously updated.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.- The survey areas in the Economic Statistics division of Statistics South Africa
- Other government departments and the private sector also use it. There is a need to encourage other stakeholder, the South African Revenue Services (SARS), to make use of the SIC.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)- In all the economic surveys the SIC is used for the purpose of classification.
- Only the manufacturing survey uses the five-digit (subgroup) level for the purpose of the collection of data. The rest collect data at a four-digit or three-digit (major group) level.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?- In all the economic surveys the SIC is used for the purpose of classification.
- Only the manufacturing survey uses the five-digit (subgroup) level for the purpose of the collection of data. The rest collect data at a four-digit or three-digit (major group) level.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?N/A
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsProblems are regularly referred to the UN.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Yes. Assistance is needed in clarifying classification queries, especially those regarding the new economy.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) uses SIC for company registration.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?- The South African Revenue Services (SARS), our tax office, uses their own classification called 'Trade Classification Guide for Vendors and Employers'.
- The Department of Labour uses their own classification called 'Guidelines to Employers for Skills Development Levy'.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Same as question 1 (previous version)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Same as question 2 (previous version).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A Same as question 5 (previous version).
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Same as question 6 (previous version).
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?October 1988
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 12/1/2000