If, like me, you become interested in analyzing post-Apartheid South Africa, you will need to find as much good-quality data as you can get your hands on. Here are links to sources that I found useful: (Please add any resources you think are lacking in the comments below. I will update this post as I become aware of more resources.)
These country profiles provide a handy overview and are useful for brainstorming regional research topics.
These general sources are collected and maintained by South African institutions.
- KIDS dataset: this survey includes 3 waves – 1993, 1998, and 2004 covering the KwaZulu-Natal province.
- NIDS dataset: wave 1 of this national survey covers 2008 while the second wave includes data from 2010 and 2011.
- IPUMS – click on “Change Samples” to select the South African surveys
- World Bank LSMS
- World Bank Microdata
Other Projects on South Africa
- Index of Multiple Deprivation (includes GIS data)