Category Archives: Population characteristics

Maternal health care in SA shows signs of improvement

Maternal health care in SA shows signs of improvement

During the 7-year period before the South Africa Demographic Health Survey (SADHS) 2016, the pregnancy related mortality ratio was 536 pregnancy-related deaths per 100 000 live births. For every 1 000 live births, about five women died during pregnancy or within 2 months after childbirth (SADHS, 2016). While South Africa has made significant progress with regard to   read more »


Fertility planning in South Africa.

Fertility planning in South Africa.

For most women, the news that they are expecting a baby is a happy event filled with excitement in anticipation of the arrival of their bundle of joy. However, not all births are “wanted”. A recent report by Statistics South Africa entitled Unwanted Fertility in South Africa reveals that about 20% of all births in   read more »


SA’s Millennials have made substantial strides in education outcomes

SA’s Millennials have made substantial strides in education outcomes

It is often said that each generation should be better off than their parents. In South Africa, generational changes have largely been impacted by important political changes that affected the choices available to Generation X’ers and Millennials in terms of their educational and labour market participations. According to a recent report, Education and Labour Market   read more »


Focus on Improving Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

Focus on Improving Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

The second African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day will be commemorated on the 10th of August 2019,  under the theme, “Birth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion.” The fourth Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration, held in 2017, declared 10 August to be African Civil Registration   read more »


SA population reaches 58,8 million

SA population reaches 58,8 million

The estimated population of South Africa stands at 58,78 million, according to the recently released 2019 mid-year population estimates (MYPE). The MYPE report provides population estimates at national and provincial levels, disaggregated by age and sex. World Population Day, which took place on the 11th July, focused on enabling the youth with the necessary skills   read more »


World Population Day: How does SA compare?

World Population Day: How does SA compare?

By mid-2018, according to the Mid-year population estimates released by Stats SA, South Africa’s population stood at 57,73 million people, which is less than one per cent (0,75%) of the total world population. According to the UN, the total world population is estimated at 7,7 billion people in 2019 and will exceed 8 billion by   read more »


728 million stories, waiting to be told

728 million stories, waiting to be told

Wherever you go, you transform the landscape. Imagine living the entirety of your life in the map below. Your daily routine might resemble a zig-zagging pattern as you move across the square cells of the grid. Where you choose to live, work, commute, shop, socialise and play – you influence the economic, social and environmental   read more »


Stats SA begins process of questionnaire consultation for Census 2021

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will be conducting the 4th population census in a democratic dispensation in 2021. Information collected from the census is crucial for proper planning in the country. Consultations on census themes and questions form part of mandatory census planning activities as prescribed in the Handbook on the Management of Population and   read more »


More than half of youth have no money to pay for their tuition

More than half of youth have no money to pay for their tuition

More than half (or 51%) of youth aged 18–24 claimed that they did not have the financial means to pay for their tuition. Furthermore, 18% of those aged 18–24 who were not attending educational institutions indicated that their poor academic performance prevented them from participating. This is according to the “Higher Education and Skills in   read more »


Migrants flock to Gauteng

Migrants flock to Gauteng

According to the Mid-year population estimates report for 2018 released by Statistics South Africa, the population of South Africa is estimated at 57,7 million as at 1 July 2018. While births and deaths are considered the main drivers of population change, migration continues to be significant, not only demographically but politically, economically and socially. The report shows   read more »