'[The] affirmative action survey ... found that transformation in the private sector was cosmetic, with whites appearing still to land the top jobs. About 96% of whites were in top management positions, as opposed to 3.5% of blacks.'
Cape Times, 18 March 1997
'The firefighters say they used 50 000 cubic litres of water per second. Over the 15-odd hours they battled the flames, that's nearly 50 million cubic litres. A thousand swimming pools-worth for those who live in the suburbs, a dam for those who don't.
Mail & Guardian, March 7-13 1997 (Thanks to the M&G for explaining correctly what 50 million litres looks like. But can they tell us what a cubic litre is? And perhaps they mean 50 000 litres per minute, not second...)
'Hansie Cronjé has lost the toss 13 out of 14 times - quite an amazing record, especially since he was calling some times and not calling others.'
SABC TV3, February 1997. (This quote was published in Mathematical Digest long before Hansie Cronjé's match-rigging came to light.)
'Cash-strapped public servants are furious about the 15% salary increase MPs have been awarded... The hike means an MP or Senator who was receiving a salary of R125 000 a year will now receive R167 000, and MPLs who were on R118 000 will now get R143 750.'
Spotted by Amanda Turner in The Star, 16 August 1996
'That's where Gary [Kirsten] scores between 100 and 110% of his runs.'
SABC cricket commentator, January 1996
'Go for a color inkjet printer, with a resolution of 300 to 600 dots per square inch.'
Newsweek, August 1995
'People who burned 1500 calories a week while exercising vigourously enough to raise their metabolic rate sixfold, enjoyed a 25% lower risk of dying than those who expended energy at only a tenth of that intensity.'
Time, May 1995 (Now all we need from Time is a way to reduce the certainty of paying taxes)
'61% of adults support a total ban on tobacco advertising on radio. Sixty-nine percent of these are non-smokers and 46% smoke.'
Cape Times, 30 May 1995
'Expenditure on education is already the largest budget item, gobbling up 265% of the cake.'
Cape Times, 12 April 1995
'The rand close at three comma fifty-seven point one'
SAFM Financial Report, 16 March 1995
'Of those who said they did not own a gun, 89% were black men, 56% were white men, 92% were black women and 77% were white women.'