Picture: 123RF/RAW PIXEL
Picture: 123RF/RAW PIXEL

There are about 59.62-million people living in SA, an increase of 1.89-million from two years ago, Stats SA revealed on Thursday.  

The majority of the population are female and accounts for 51.1%, approximately 30.5 million.

The findings in the 2020 mid-year population estimates reveal that Gauteng remains the country’s most populous province, with approximately 15.5 million, accounting for 26% of the country’s total population.

It is followed by KwaZulu-Natal with an estimated 11.5-million people (19,3%). Meanwhile, the Northern Cape remains the province with the smallest share of the population with approximately 1.29-million people (2.2%). 

The survey also found that about 28.6% of the population is younger than 15. The majority of these reside in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The elderly population, those 60 and above, constitute about 5.4-million,or 9.1%. 

Of the elderly, the highest percentage 24.1% (1.31-million) reside in Gauteng. Stats SA said the proportion of people aged 60 and older is increasing over time.

Some of the key findings of the report are:

  • Migration is an important demographic process as it shapes the age structure and distribution of the provincial population. For the period 2016-2021, Gauteng and the Western Cape are estimated to experience the largest inflow of migrants of approximately 1,553,162 and 468,568, respectively.
  • Life expectancy at birth for 2020 is estimated at 62.5 years for males and 68.5 years for females.

  • The infant mortality rate for 2020 is estimated at 23.6 per 1,000 live births.

  • The estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 13% in SA. The total number of people living with HIV  is estimated at about 7.8-million in 2020. For adults aged 15-49 years, an estimated 18.7% of the population is HIV-positive.

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