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South Africa population increases by close to a million

South Africa’s mid-year population has increased by close to a million from 2016 to 2017, says Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla
Statistician-General Pali Lehohla announces population increases

Lehohla on Monday released the mid-year population estimates 2017, which indicate that South Africa’s mid-year population is at 56.52 million.

This shows an increase of about 902 200 from 2016.

Females make up the majority of the population, with about 28.9 million (51%) as compared to males who make up to 27.6 million (49%) of the population.

There is a majority of about 45.7 million black Africans living in the country, making up 81% of the entire population of South Africa.

The second largest population group is about five million coloured people who represent 9%, followed by about 4.5 million white people who makes up to 8%, and the least being about 1.4 million Indians who represent about 2% of the country’s population.

The largest share of about 14.3 million people (25.3%) resides in Gauteng. KwaZulu-Natal has the second largest population, with 11.1 million people (19.6%) living in the province. The Northern Cape Province remains with the smallest share of about 1.21 million people (2.1%).

According to the report, about 29.6% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 4.60 million (8.1%) is 60 years or older. Similar proportions of those younger than 15 years live in Gauteng (21.0%) and KZN (21.1%).

Of the 60 years and older age group, their majority of about 1.10 million (23.9%) reside in Gauteng.

“The proportion of elderly persons aged 60 and older is increasing over time,” said Lehohla.

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