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BrandMapp is a unique South African dataset that uses a mega-sample of more than 30 000 respondents to profile the 12 million adults who live in mid to top-income households earning in excess of R10 000 per month. Now in its eighth year, the BrandMapp survey is a bespoke, independent survey that powers the WhyFive consumer insights consultancy.
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Shopping malls are back with a bang!
While the pandemic years have accelerated online shopping and the current tough economic conditions have locked down consumer wallets, South African malls continue to thrive. Covering hundreds of thousands of square metres and costing billions of Rands, an extraordinary number of new shopping centres have popped up all over the country in 2022, more are planned for the upcoming year. And there is increasing evidence, from independent surveys and owners, that for many of the larger malls in the country, footfall is back to where it was before the Covid lockdown. 12 Dec 2022 Read more

Food, fuel and power cuts keep SA middle class awake at night
While it's been a year free from pandemic disruption, 2022 hasn't really delivered any relief from worries and stresses, but is there any light at the end of the tunnel? The global economic downturn, war in Europe and climate disasters have weighed down on the idea that there could be a post-Covid upswing. High inflation, food and fuel costs have maintained a month-by-month pressure to just get by, never mind recover losses from the lockdown years. 24 Nov 2022 Read more

Side-hustlers and slashers on the rise in SA middle class
There is, of course, nothing new about making some extra money on the side. Whether you're saving for a dream holiday or just trying to keep the wolf from the door during a tough time, taking on a second job, finding a hobby that pays or starting a small business from home are tried and tested ways to boost your income. 28 Oct 2022 Read more

Return to the office, or the rise of hybrid work?
BrandMapp - 2022 shows how work is changing for mid-income SA 15 Sep 2022 Read more

Surprise: SA has half a million new taxpayers and 60,000 new millionaires!
As the country strives to recover from severe pandemic restrictions and the shocking, politically-motivated riots, we're faced with a litany of media headlines decrying the sorry state of SA's wealthy class, the decline of our middle class and an ever shrinking tax-base. But are they true? According to Brandon de Kock, director of storytelling for BrandMapp, South Africa's largest independent annual study of the taxpayer base, the data says "No!" 31 May 2022 Read more


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