tracking psycho-social, political and economic trends in South African society since 1998

futurefact, South Africa’s premier independent, home-grown, psychographic survey, is conducted by highly reputable and experienced researchers.  

futurefact surveys are based on probability samples of over 3,000 respondents to ensure accuracy and reliability.

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  • interrogate the significant social forces in South Africa

  • understand the attitudes, values and belief systems of South Africans

  • focus on the issues that are shaping and challenging our social, political and economic environment

  • understand consumer attitudes and social drivers

  • make the key strategic interventions necessary for creating a sustainable future  

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  • develop appropriate messages and communication strategies

  • match markets and media

  • segment markets meaningfully

  • develop and position new products (or reinvigorate old ones)

  • inform editorial and programming direction for all types of media

  • track the changes taking place in our society

  • identify and interpret emerging social, political and economic trends for scenario planning 

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GCIS (Government Communication and Information Services), Independent Newspapers, Media 24, Multichoice, Primedia, SABC. Times Media.

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futurefact finds: Small Actions

Life in South Africa seems to be a series of peaks and troughs with the troughs seeming to be a lot more frequent and prolonged than the peaks. Recent articles for futurefact have focused on racism, xenophobia, fear of crime and of the police but a recent post on Facebook by Matt Suttner about his experience in Smithfield in December 2014 shows the positive effects of small actions.

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futurefact finds: Three quarters of South Africans believe that a lot of police are criminals

Three quarters of South Africans believe that a lot of police are criminals themselves. 70% say they are afraid and alert all the time because of crime, while 44% of South Africans feel there is no point to reporting crime to police. It is not surprising that 9 in 10 of our adult population think that Crime Line, an independent crime tip-off service, is a good idea.

This according to futurefact, an annual survey that examines the attitudes and beliefs of citizens in the country. The survey further noted:

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futurefact finds: the myth of superiority

What happens when foreigners are more successful than South Africans? 

South Africa has been rocked by a renewed outburst of xenophobia as mobs (frequently watched or even abetted by police) looted the contents of small foreign-owned shops. Images of people running from stores carrying whatever they could lay their hands on, including deep-freezers has produced outraged responses from many South Africans who feel deeply shamed by the behaviour of looters.