Nation-wide survey of South African enterprise innovation will get underway

CATEGORY: Centre for Science, Know-how and Innovation Indicators
DATE: 24 February 2022

Media Assertion

Thursday, 24 February 2022 – On  14 March 2022 South Africa’s official Enterprise Innovation Survey will get underway with fieldworkers reaching out to five 500 companies over the following six months. This would be the seventh time the survey takes place in South Africa, which is carried out by the HSRC’s Centre for Science, Know-how and Innovation Indicators for the Division of Science and Innovation. 

Innovation is internationally recognised as a key driver of financial development. It takes place in lots of companies – massive, small, micro and casual. Nations are greatest positioned to resolve wide-ranging social and financial challenges when modern merchandise and processes are adopted, and technological capability is constructed.

Masking a three-year interval, 2019 – 2021, the enterprise innovation survey technique makes use of worldwide measurement instruments to match South Africa with different international locations.

The survey collects details about a enterprise’s improvements. This may increasingly embody new merchandise, new processes, in addition to enhancements to present merchandise or methods of working.

“South Africa faces appreciable financial challenges, worsened by COVID-19. Measuring our capability to innovate and thus develop our economic system and improve employment is now particularly related” says Dr Glenda Kruss, head of the CeSTII.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many companies, and the survey will assist to develop an in depth image of enterprise innovation in South Africa within the current previous” says Dr Kruss. “This may allow us to hone our coverage devices to assist and increase innovation, productiveness and competitiveness in our nation.”

Enterprise leaders will likely be contacted by fieldworkers from GeoScope, the HSRC’s fieldwork accomplice for the survey. The survey will be self-completed on-line or by way of telephonic interview. 

Masking the interval 2019 to 2021 the survey will gather information from the pattern of enterprises drawn from the enterprise register held by Statistics South Africa. It is going to embody enterprises in:



•electrical energy, fuel and water provide 

•companies, together with wholesale and retail commerce 

•transport, storage and communication

•monetary intermediation

•laptop and associated actions. 

•analysis and growth

•architectural and engineering actions

•technical testing and evaluation

“Societies that innovate, and create the situations to nurture modern practices, prosper and develop. South Africa has lengthy recognised the significance of innovation and a number of other public programmes assist innovation,”  says Senior Coverage Analyst of the Division of Science Innovation, Kgomotso Matjila-Matlapeng 

“We thank the enterprise sector for supporting this vital analysis by contributing their time and perception when approached to take part. We will likely be guided by the outcomes of the survey and look ahead to sharing the findings.” 

HSRC and companions wish to ship their gratitude to the enterprise sector for supporting this vital analysis by contributing their time and perception when approached to take part. 

The survey outcomes will likely be analysed in 2022/23 and printed in 2023. 


-Concerning the Enterprise Innovation Survey: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/departments/cestii/sa-business-innovation-survey

-HSRC Survey Administration staff contact: Dr Amy Kahn akahn@hsrc.ac.za +27 71 213 0651