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2016 Statistics: Part 11: Cache planters whose caches were found most in 2016

 

Africa:

1. GC Putte:	                      11815 finds
2. Oss to:	                       9886 finds
3. Wander Tante:	               9307 finds
4. togtog:	                       7261 finds
5. Panters:	                       7070 finds
6. Mendes&Freitas:	               5744 finds
7. luisftas:	                       5163 finds
8. cach-u-crew:	               4981 finds
9. João Marçal, CarlaSousa87, jp 400: 4793 finds
10. T.A.M.I. Team:	               4748 finds

South Africa:

1. Panters:	                       7070 finds
2. WC Geocachers.:	               4451 finds
3. Sokkies73:	                       3653 finds
4. SKATTIE@1:	                       3327 finds
5. ephyfer:	                       2801 finds
6. Andredj:	                       2784 finds
7. louwtjievdw:	               2577 finds
8. Evolutionaries:	               2538 finds
9. Geelvink:	                       2446 finds
10. TechnoNut:	                       2260 finds

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Thanks for all the new stats :D . Could you generate stats on photos? Was wondering if there has been a downward trend in cachers including photos in logs especially with cachers wanting to find more and more caches :P .

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Thanks as always for all the stats Danie! Re. cache placers, can you list the top 10 for South Africa and Africa as a whole? Thanks!

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can you list the top 10 for South Africa and Africa as a whole? Thanks!

Most new caches placed in South Africa in 2016:

1. Panters:	      140
2. WC Geocachers.:   102
3. PieterM:	       90
4. SKATTIE@1:	       67
5. ChrisDen:	       63
6. Boats007:	       62
7. Monti's Adventure: 59
8. WÅLDO:	       52
9. Sokkies73:	       47
10. Dr 3S:	       41

For the top 10 in Africa, see Part 10.

 

Most caches placed in South Africa (all time):

1. PieterM:	      343
2. TechnoNut:	      336
3. Fish Eagle:	      273
4. iPajero:	      262
5. Wazat:	      229
6. Panters:	      226
7. SKATTIE@1:	      226
8. GEO936:	      216
9. die sousies:      213
10. Leon St:	      203

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Thanks again Danie! Part 10 has new caches Africa 2016 - can you do Africa (all time)?

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can you do Africa (all time)?

Top cache planters in Africa (all time):

1. SawaSawa:	386
2. PieterM:	343
3. TechnoNut:	340
4. Fish Eagle:	279
5. iPajero:	263
6. togtog:	252
7. Wazat:	231
8. GEO936:	227
9. Panters:	226
10. SKATTIE@1:	226

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Could you generate stats on photos?

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The absolute number of new photos decreased slightly in 2016 (first graph), but if one looks at the percentage of logs with photos (second graph), it appears fairly stable. I was surprised to see how many photos are published - every ninth log has one, and that includes all the mindless micros!

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Photos per log type

 

I expected to find almost all the photos among the Find and Attended logs. Although 90% of them were in Find logs, I was quite surprised to see the distribution of the rest:

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(This graph excludes the 90% in the Find logs.)

There were 44 photos in Archive logs - why even bother?

There were 71 photos in Will Attend logs - they must have really been looking forward to those events!

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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Photos per log type

 

Very interesting! The number of photos in archived logs is perculiar but they are probably included to show how the area has changed or how the hiding spot has deteriorated. The Will attend ones are quite bizarre :P - I haven't ever seen a photo in a will attend log :laughing:

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2016 Statistics, Part 12: Finds per day

 

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The red dots are the number of find and attended logs on all South African caches for every day of 2016.

The day with the most finds was 2 October, with 3159 finds (during the MEGA).

The day with the fewest finds was 7 September, with 121 finds.

The average number of finds per day during 2016 was 522.2 and the median was 339.

 

The blue line is the daily number of finds, averaged over a week (to filter out the weekend effect).

The top week was once again during the MEGA, around 2 October.

The quietest week was around 8 December, just before the year-end peak.

 

The peak month (not shown on the graph) was centered around 25 September.

The quietest month was centered around 29 November.

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Thank you very much for all the stats Danie, I really enjoy reading through all of it.

 

I am not sure if I reading some of the stats entirely correctly, but it seems that caching activity does not significantly decrease during the colder (more miserable) winter months?

 

Could you perhaps runs stats on the finds during the different seasons of the year?

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I am not sure if I reading some of the stats entirely correctly, but it seems that caching activity does not significantly decrease during the colder (more miserable) winter months?

 

Could you perhaps runs stats on the finds during the different seasons of the year?

You'll see part of the answer in my next posting. The problem is that one is not comparing apples with apples - the peak of the summer falls over the Christmas holidays, when everybody is on leave. I am sure they are caching then not so much because it is warm, but because they have free time. This effect can be clearly seen on the next graph - find numbers tend to go up during holidays and long weekends.

 

With the possible exception of the Western Cape, winter is actually probably more suitable for caching in South Africa than summer - not miserable at all!

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South African finds per day of the year:

 

The following graph shows the number of finds per day of the year, averaged over the last 10 years:

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The red spots are the daily numbers.

The blue line is the daily numbers averaged over a week.

The green line is the daily numbers averaged over a month.

 

The peak day is 9 August (average of 897 finds). (I suspect it is the effect of the Gauteng Power Series.)

The quietest day is 3 June (140 finds).

The average over the last 10 years is 293 finds/day.

The last day with no finds was 22 September 2005.

 

The peak week is around 29 December.

There is a second peak in early October - more than one MEGA happened at that time of the year.

The quietest week is around 1 June.

 

The peak month is around 27 December

The quietest month is around 23 May.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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it seems that caching activity does not significantly decrease during the colder (more miserable) winter months?

When exactly is the most miserable 2 or 3 weeks of the year in the Western Cape?

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it seems that caching activity does not significantly decrease during the colder (more miserable) winter months?

When exactly is the most miserable 2 or 3 weeks of the year in the Western Cape?

maybe instead of 'more miserable' we should be talking about 'somewhat less wonderful' . . . :)

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Thanks Danie, maybe "miserable" is not the correct word to use.. :huh:

 

One of the reasons I like caching in the winter months is that the "natural camouflage" is a little less when you are searching for containers in trees and fields (with the exception of the western cape of course). The other one you mentioned is that in the inland, the warmer winter days is actually quite pleasant for caching.

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Seasonal effect in the Western Cape

 

I am not sure if the following is meaningful, but from what I could find out the second half of June is the wettest, and the middle of July is the coldest in Cape Town.

The beginning of November has the fewest rainy days, but the beginning of February is the hottest.

 

To be fair, I could not select times that fall in school holidays and long weekends. So I chose the most miserable 2 weeks as 16 to 29 June, and the best 2 weeks are 29 October to 11 November.

There is indeed a difference: For the last 10 years the average number of finds per day in the miserable period is 68.4, and for the best period it is 80.6, or 18% more.

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2016 Statistics: Part 14: Most finds per province

 

Gauteng			
1. Panters	    1009 finds
2. WorsEd	     785 finds
3. Geelvink	     769 finds
4. Jansenators	     681 finds
5. Namibseun	     636 finds

Western Cape			
1. L S N	     970 finds
2. tjoklits	     902 finds
3. pieterix	     890 finds
4. Peanut&Quirkies   889 finds
5. TheQuirkiesFamily 875 finds

Eastern Cape			
1. Katarn1977	     869 finds
2. jtomcat16	     534 finds
3. ChrisDen	     505 finds
4. PipiBibi	     468 finds
5. Commaille	     452 finds

KZN			
1. waydom	     688 finds
2. Ninja Nano	     603 finds
  Eagle Eyed	     603 finds
4. Geocaching Genie  602 finds
5. Archipelagian     597 finds

Mpumalanga			
1. Boats007	     318 finds
2. eksteen	     258 finds
3. Panters	     218 finds
4. surreptitious007  192 finds
5. mvubu147	     189 finds

Limpopo			
1. Team GBS	     198 finds
2. Riana Otto	      65 finds
3. cownchicken	      56 finds
4. ChrisDen	      53 finds
5. digger11712	      37 finds

Free State		
1. SpiderFinder	     165 finds
2. Wikkelgat	     158 finds
3. cownchicken	     120 finds
4. HGH1009	     107 finds
5. Megsdreyer	      89 finds

North West		
1. Panters	     160 finds
2. Geelvink	     114 finds
3. Eagle_Lady	      86 finds
4. Priceless_Hanna    81 finds
5. Louise_Gerhard     80 finds

Northern Cape			
1. mlornelh	      58 finds
2. terunkie	      54 finds
3. Eagle_Lady	      52 finds
4. Priceless_Hanna    40 finds
  Dr 3S	      40 finds

Panters was the only team that managed to find more than 1000 caches in a single province.

I find it remarkable that although iPajero had the highest total number of finds by far, they are not among the top 5 in any province!

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2016 Statistics: Part 15: Finds per Municipality

 

1. Cape Town	             36331
2. Pretoria	             18907
3. Durban	             12860
4. P.E.	             12394
5. Johannesburg	     11895
6. Eden	             11175
7. Ekurhuleni	             10039
8. West Coast	              7633
9. Ehlanzeni	              7314
10. Sarah Baartman	      7200
11. West Rand	              6863
12. Overberg	              6130
13. Cape Winelands	      5995
14. Mangaung	              3608
15. Umgungundlovu	      3581
16. Buffalo City	      2977
17. Bojanala	              2656
18. Dr Kenneth Kaunda	      2560
19. Ugu	                      2191
20. Sedibeng	              1573
21. Nkangala	              1447
22. Thabo Mofutsanyane	      1431
23. Uthukela	              1394
24. Mopani	              1127
25. Fezile Dabi	               998
26. Uthungulu	               906
27. Amathole	               889
28. Gert Sibande	       814
29. Namakwa	               661
30. Central Karoo	       650
31. iLembe	               606
32. Waterberg	               593
33. Capricorn	               584
34. Lejweleputswa	       542
35. Harry Gwala	               490
36. Umkhanyakude	       486
37. Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati  446
38. Chris Hani	               423
39. Siyanda	               368
40. Frances Baard	       359
41. John Taolo Gaetsewe	       343
42. Pixley ka Seme	       303
43. Joe Gqabi	               285
44. Amajuba	               275
45. Ngaka Modiri Molema	       244
46. Vhembe	               228
47. Xhariep	               192
48. Zululand	               160
49. Sekhukhune	               148
50. Umzinyathi	                98
51. O.R.Tambo	                53
52. Alfred Nzo	                23

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2016 Statistics, Part 16: Increase/decrease per municipality

 

The following graph shows the 10 South African district municipalities that had the largest find increase (percentage-wise) compared to the previous year:

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The Dr. Ruth S. Mompati district municipality is in the western part of the North West province, mainly around Vryburg.

John Taolo Gaetsewe is adjacent to it in the Northern Cape, mainly around Kuruman and Kathu.

Does anyone know why there was such a dramatic increase in this rural area?

 

And the ten with the largest decrease:

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2016 Statistics, Part 16: Increase/decrease per municipality

 

The Dr. Ruth S. Mompati district municipality is in the western part of the North West province, mainly around Vryburg.

John Taolo Gaetsewe is adjacent to it in the Northern Cape, mainly around Kuruman and Kathu.

Does anyone know why there was such a dramatic increase in this rural area?

 

 

Have a look at how many caches were placed in 2016 by Dr 3S, and other new cachers (who I believe are family members)

 

That seems to have attracted a lot of people to the area to make finds.

 

PT

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Have a look at how many caches were placed in 2016 by Dr 3S, and other new cachers (who I believe are family members)

 

That seems to have attracted a lot of people to the area to make finds.

This just shows what a difference one dedicated cacher can make. I remember oom Louwtjie had the same effect in Bloemfontein a few years ago.

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2016 Statistics: Part 17: Caches gained/lost per municipality

 

For the following I considered the number of active caches at the end of 2016 vs. the end of 2015.

The first graph shows the absolute number, the difference, for the top and bottom five district municipalities:

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As can be expected the metropolitan areas dominate the positive side, because of their much larger numbers.

 

The next graph shows the percentage change during 2016:

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(Lejweleputswa is in the Welkom area, in the Free State.)

This confirms TechnoNut's explanation yesterday of why the Dr. Ruth Mompati and John Gaetsewe district municipalities had such a huge finds growth - there was enormous growth in the number of findable caches there during the past year.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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2016 Statistics: Part 18: Finds per African Country

 

1. South Africa    191448
2. Canary Islands  164241
3. Madeira	     80132
4. Namibia	      5833
5. Morocco	      3999
6. Réunion	      3891
7. Egypt	      2598
8. Mauritius	      2203
9. Cape Verde	      1572
10. Zimbabwe	      1446
11. Seychelles	      1417
12. Tanzania	      1295
13. Kenya	      1198
14. Botswana	       415
15. Tunisia	       392
16. Uganda	       253
17. Lesotho	       219
18. Gambia	       201
19. Swaziland	       189
20. Ethiopia	       169
21. Zambia	       139
22. Mozambique	       104
23. Senegal	       100
24. Angola	        98
25. Mali	        84
26. Madagascar	        81
27. Rwanda	        65
28. São Tomé & Principe	54
29. Saint Helena	41
30. Djibouti	        40
31. D.R.C.	        32
32. Ghana	        31
33. Sudan	        29
34. Malawi	        22
35. Mauritania	        18
   Nigeria	        18
37. Cameroon	        17
   Chad	        17
   Gabon	        17
   Togo	        17
42. Algeria	        15
43. C.A.R.	        14
44. Niger	        13
45. Burkina Faso	11
46. Benin	         9
47. Western Sahara	 8
48. Equatorial Guinea	 6
49. Libya	         4
   Sierra Leone	 4
51. Congo	         3
52. Burundi	         2
53. Comoros	         1
   Eritrea	         1
   Guinea	         1
   Guinea-Bissau	 1
   Ivory Coast	         1
58. South Sudan	         1

I find it very surprising that the Canary Islands are so much more popular than countries like Morocco and Egypt (which surely must receive more tourists?) And why would a tourist paradise like the Comoro Islands sit at the very bottom of the list?

 

The first graph shows the number of finds for the top 15 African countries during 2016, on a logarithmic scale:

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To demonstrate how the big three dominate in Africa:

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...Egypt (which surely must receive more tourists?)...

 

Having just been to Egypt I can confirm that tourism is virtually non-existent at the moment, Sharm-el-Sheikh is like a ghost-town, due to the plane that was shot down there last year. No European flights are currently flying into Sharm-el-Sheikh. I was very glad to rescue some TB's while there which had been there some months!

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2016 Statistics: Part 19: Frequency distribution of finds per cache

 

South Africa:

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This graph means the following:

1218 of the active South African caches were never found in 2016 (8.3% of the total)

1020 of the active caches were found once (6.9% of the total)

787 of the active caches were found twice (5.3% of the total), etc.

 

The average number of finds per active South African cache in 2016 was 13, and the median was 9.

 

Africa:

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1948 (9%) of the active African caches were never found during 2016.

 

The average number of finds per active African cache in 2016 was 21.4, and the median was 10. (The very high number of finds for the Canary Islands and Madeira pulls up the average for Africa).

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2016 Statistics: Part 20: Most found caches in South Africa:

The following South African caches had the most finds during 2016.

We have a new winner here:

1. GC62NFH  Birth of a gentle giant	      scubie999	      Overberg	 240 finds
2. GC37VF3  Tip of Africa	              Zephyr2	      Overberg	 198 finds
3. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel  CapeDoc	      Cape Town	 192 finds
4. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove	              Richter Family  Cape Town	 187 finds
5. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	              Cape Trio	      Cape Town	 184 finds
6. GC6JCHV  V&A Waterfront: Bay Vista	      SawaSawa	      Cape Town	 174 finds
7. GC2CG7X  Hiddingh Security TB Hotel	      Mr Panda	      Cape Town	 170 finds
8. GC4H10K  GOS: Whale Crier	              Suikerbossies   Overberg	 161 finds
9. GCVDHN   Sailors' Star	              vespax	      Cape Town	 147 finds
10. GC61VN7  Vertical Liftoff	              Naets	      Cape Town	 134 finds

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2016 Statistics: Part 21: Most found caches in Africa

The following African caches had the most finds during 2016:

 1. GC1QB6K  Palm Beach	                        Canary Islands  662 finds
 2. GC4QQD3  Horizonte	                                Canary Islands  606 finds
 3. GC1G6MP  Vista dunas-View dunes-Aussicht Dünen     Canary Islands  553 finds
 4. GC46ZVA  Welcome to the Pearl of the Atlantic      Madeira	        551 finds
 5. GC2JETJ  Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida de Niemeyer      Madeira	        528 finds
 6. GC31AT3  Christoph Columbus 1502 A.D.	        Canary Islands  526 finds
 7. GC1HGP5  Playa del Ingles	                        Canary Islands  514 finds
 8. GC5F1W0  Zona Velha (Old Town)	                Madeira	        503 finds
 9. GC10499  Las Dunas	                                Canary Islands  501 finds
10. GC6AAJR  Boardwalk 3	                        Canary Islands  479 finds
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126. GC62NFH  Birth of a gentle giant	                South Africa    240 finds

 

Excluding the Canary Islands and Madeira:

 1. GC62NFH  Birth of a gentle giant	                South Africa    240 finds
 2. GC4YXKY  At “Youssef“ in the middle of the Medina  Morocco	        231 finds
 3. GC5NPYJ  ALBIRUNI	                                Morocco	        207 finds
 4. GC37VF3  Tip of Africa	                        South Africa    198 finds
 5. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel	        South Africa    192 finds
 6. GC5112X  A Marracache @ Salah	                Morocco	        189 finds
 7. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove	                        South Africa    187 finds
 8. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	                        South Africa    184 finds
 9. GC6JCHV  V&A Waterfront: Bay Vista	                South Africa    174 finds
10. GC2CG7X  Hiddingh Security TB Hotel	        South Africa    170 finds

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2016 Statistics: Part 22: Finds per cache per African country

The average number of finds per active cache in Africa during 2016 was 21.4, and the median was 10 finds.

The countries with the highest averages were:

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2016 Statistics: Part 23: Most found caches per province:

	
Western Cape			
1. GC62NFH  Birth of a gentle giant	       240 finds
2. GC37VF3  Tip of Africa	               198 finds
3. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel    192 finds
4. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove	               187 finds
5. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	               184 finds

Mpumalanga			
1. GC3Q7KH  All In Good Time	               127 finds
2. GC6DWY0  Stretch a leg at N4	                94 finds
3. GC19QVQ  Three Rondavels	                85 finds
4. GC688BV  Piepie Pot (Weewee Pot)	        76 finds
5. GC58T51  Milly's - Risen from the ashes.     72 finds

Eastern Cape			
1. GC69QHC  Algoa Bay View	               101 finds
2. GC52V2D  Info Board	                        96 finds
3. GC5J9BV  Stormsriver Village	                94 finds
4. GC20AM9  "Kerneels se klip"	                75 finds
5. GC4HG1E  Rock Paper Shark	                70 finds

Gauteng			
1. GC552E5  Union Buildings	                83 finds
2. GC6AVRJ  Equestria - green	                72 finds
3. GC334EW  The Face behind the "Iron Mask"     69 finds
  GC6A0YM  The hidden park	                69 finds
  GCZ2J4   8th St. Albans Scout Troop	        69 finds

Free State			
1. GC67RHP  The Golden Gate Angel	        83 finds
2. GC5QM2T  Travellling Kudu Pitstops #1        70 finds
3. GC4CGR5  Freeway	                        55 finds
4. GC699M8  Round and round we go.	        52 finds
5. GC161FQ  Arts & Crafts	                46 finds

North West			
1. GC13HPH  Jasmyn se Geheim - Jasmyns' Secret  74 finds
2. GC693Y1  Jasmyn se Windpomp	                70 finds
3. GC68YXP  Pretville	                        67 finds
4. GC5J2NV  Da Chameleon	                58 finds
5. GC6DRME  Franse eierbrood - French Toast	49 finds

KZN			
1. GC4VC1C  Margate Pier	                62 finds
2. GC386EV  Very Lonely Gatepost	        56 finds
3. GC45YJF  Champagne Postbox	                55 finds
4. GC4EGAR  The Sundial	                        53 finds
5. GC5J719  Hammers	                        52 finds

Northern Cape			
1. GC42J8J  Pottery	                        45 finds
2. GC1WQZM  out of this world	                41 finds
3. GC2B8NB  Warm welcome	                30 finds
4. GC443XP  TB Hotel Kimberley	                29 finds
5. GC11J35  Augrabies Falls - Arrarat	        27 finds

Limpopo			
1. GC13CA5  1837	                        33 finds
2. GC53WVJ  Raptors view	                32 finds
3. GC137MW  Siamese Vegetation	                31 finds
  GC3R7V5  Peter Mokaba Stadium	        31 finds
  GC642BH  Plot 71	                        31 finds

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2016 Statistics: Part 24: Provincial Averages

The average number of finds per cache (for 2016) of only two provinces, the Western Cape and Gauteng, are above the country average.

(On average, every active South African cache is found every 28.5 days)

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Edited by Danie Viljoen

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2016 Statistics: Part 25: Finds per cacher

The following numbers are for the whole of Africa, for the year 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2016:

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31290 cachers found at least 1 African cache during 2016

Average: 14.8 finds/cacher

Median: 4 finds

80% of the finds were made by the top 20.5% cachers. (Always interesting to see the 80-20 principle in action!)

To be in the top 100 you needed at least 389 finds for the year.

The top 100 cachers (the top 0.32%) logged 15.7% of the finds.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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2016 Statistics: Part 26: Log length

The following graph shows the average and median log lengths for South African finds over the last 10 years:

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(The vertical axis is the number of characters per log.)

 

I was very surprised to see the significantly increased log length for last year. (A year-on-year increase of 43%). It would be interesting to know why and how this happened. I am going to take a wild guess that it may be because of a large number of long cut & paste logs during the MEGA. (I'll investigate this further later.)

 

Another interesting fact to notice is that while the overall average log length trends upwards (granted, there are probably too few data points to be sure of this), the median length definitely trends lower. I suspect the reason for this is again long cut & paste logs. (A small number of 4000 character logs will push up the average without significantly changing the median.)

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Any idea what caused the spike in 2011?

I am 99% sure it is because of the Gauteng Power Series - I remember seeing thousands of (long) cut & paste logs then.

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2016 Statistics: Part 27: Short logs

The following graph shows the percentage of short logs in South Africa over time.

(With short logs I mean TFTC and shorter!)

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From the above it is clear that the trend to use 4-letter logs originated in late 2010 and very quickly took root. Fortunately it seems to have stabilised.

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I am 99% sure it is because of the Gauteng Power Series - I remember seeing thousands of (long) cut & paste logs then.

 

Aaah yes I believe you would be correct, forgot that the series is actually that old. The power of logging through apps or GSAK with templates… or I guess the manual copy paste option for some… for all the bulk finds.

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Loneliest caches, Part 1

 

The most isolated cache in Gauteng is GC57GV4 Low Flying to Tswaing, which is 11.9 km from its nearest neighbour.

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Loneliest caches, Part 2:

 

Western Cape: PAUL: 26.15km

KZN: GC5ZMKW Swartberg Farmers Hall: 30.71km

Eastern Cape: GC6Q55R Gnome away from Home: 30.99km

Mpumalanga: GC6HFPJ Kruger's Roaring Roads: 35.57km

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Loneliest caches, Part 3:

 

Free State: GC57XBT Boshof 1: 41.64km

Limpopo: GC4JHTC Weltevreden: 71.47km

North West: GC40JE4 Blackheath Farm: 90.29km

Northern Cape: GC4JA4A Kalahari Sands: 165.14km

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Loneliest caches, Part 4:

The 10 most isolated caches in South Africa:

1. GC4JA4A  Kalahari Sands	           Northern Cape  165.14 km
2. GC40JE4  Blackheath Farm	           North West	   90.29 km
3. GC1V1G4  Springbokpan	           Northern Cape   86.90 km
   GC6E45Y  Van Zylsrus 1	           Northern Cape   86.90 km
5. GC4J773  Calcrete of the Kalahari	   Northern Cape   71.64 km
   GC60N2W  Hakskeen Pan - Speed of Salt  Northern Cape   71.64 km
7. GC4JHTC  Weltevreden	           Limpopo	   71.47 km
8. GC6EMTD  Kenhardt History #1	   Northern Cape   71.26 km
9. GC60YZY  Pebble Boulders	           Limpopo	   63.24 km
10. GC3QJ0H  Carnarvon se Blikkantien	   Northern Cape   60.74 km

 

The following cachers found the most of the above loneliest caches:

1. The Huskies: 6
2. Merbold:	 4
   mlornelh:	 4
3. AndyT1:	 3
   PieterM:	 3
   cownchicken: 3

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Municipalities that gained the most Favourite Points

During the period 7 March 2016 to 6 March 2017, the following South African municipalities gained the most FPs:

1. City of Cape Town	       Western Cape  1733 FPs
2. Nelson Mandela Bay	       Eastern Cape   669 FPs
3. Eden	               Western Cape   639 FPs
4. City of Tshwane	       Gauteng	      476 FPs
5. Overberg	               Western Cape   311 FPs
6. Sarah Baartman	       Eastern Cape   304 FPs
7. Ehlanzeni	               Mpumalanga     294 FPs
8. Ethekwini	               Kwazulu Natal  292 FPs
9. West Coast	               Western Cape   256 FPs
10. City of Johannesburg       Gauteng	      206 FPs

Percentage-wise, the following municipalities did the best:

1. Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati  North West     350.0%
2. John Taolo Gaetsewe	       Northern Cape   68.4%
3. Uthungulu	               Kwazulu Natal   65.9%
4. West Coast	               Western Cape    47.9%
5. Eden	               Western Cape    47.4%
6. Buffalo City	       Eastern Cape    46.9%
7. Siyanda	               Northern Cape   33.3%
8. Sarah Baartman	       Eastern Cape    33.2%
9. Umgungundlovu	       Kwazulu Natal   30.6%
10. Chris Hani	               Eastern Cape    30.4%

And on the negative side, the following municipalities did the worst:

1. Fezile Dabi	               Free State      -6.6%
2. Vhembe	               Limpopo	       -6.0%
3. Zululand	               Kwazulu Natal   -4.9%
4. Joe Gqabi	               Eastern Cape    -4.7%
5. Gert Sibande	       Mpumalanga      -4.0%
6. iLembe	               Kwazulu Natal   -2.7%
7. Ekurhuleni	               Gauteng	       -1.0%
8. Alfred Nzo	               Eastern Cape     0.0%
9. Sekhukhune	               Limpopo	        0.0%
10. Amajuba	               Kwazulu Natal    1.0%

If you are wondering how a municipality can actually lose FPs - I only considered active caches. (There is no sense in counting favourite points of caches that can no longer be found.) If caches with FPs are archived, these FPs are lost. I speak under correction, but I think one can deallocate FPs as well, although I suspect few cachers do.

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Favourite Points per Province:

The following graph shows the number of new FPs for the year 7 March 2016 to 6 March 2017:

2017%20RSA%20FPs%20per%20province.jpg

 

The percentage change during the past year:

2017%20RSA%20FP-delta%20per%20province.jpg

The average for the country is 24.1%

 

And lastly the number of finds/FP (smaller is better):

2017%20RSA%20Finds%20per%20FP%20per%20province.jpg

The average for the country is 21.6 finds/FP.

 

These days the Western Cape is outperforming the rest of the country on about every metric I can come up with!

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