Published March 2023

2022 Macro-Social Report (MSR)

This 2022 Macro-Social Report (MSR) aims to update and build on the MSR published by the Presidency of South Africa in 2006. That document discussed major macro-social trends in the country, with a specific focus on core nation-building pillars such as social identity, social cohesion and socio-economic transformation.


This 2022 MSR captures the significant changes in South Africa’s political, social and economic spheres since 2006. It primarily explores the impact of these structural changes on macro-social trends, which are comprised of social networks; demographic changes in society; socio-economic mobility; and the organisation of social life and identity. This report also draws attention to the major domestic and global contextual shifts that continue to shape macro-social trends in South Africa.