RESEARCH Agricultural Research Council is the principal agricultural research institution in South Africa. It conducts research, development and technology transfer in order to promote agriculture and industryand ensure natural resource conservation. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Productivity SA reports to the Minister of Labour and is governed by a board drawn from government, organised labour and business. Its mandate is to serve the interests of government and business through the enhancement of productive capacity. Statistics South Africa collates and presents national statistics, including employment figures, inflation reports and manufacturing production, to inform government and the public on the current state of the economy.