Key findings: P0305 - Recorded live births, 2015

The recorded live births release for 2013−2015 shows that in 2013, 1 158 622 live births were registered, 84,9% were current registrations and 55,5% of them were registered within the first 30 days of life, 1 142 27 live births were registered in 2014 and 86,8% were current registrations with 60,1% of them being registered within the first 30 days of life . For the year 2015, 1 084 511 live births were registered, 87,7% were current registrations and 65,1% of them were registered within the first 30 days of life. The results show that the timeliness of birth registration is improving annually. Completeness of birth registration for the intercensal period 2007-2011 was estimated at 89,2%, which was an increase from 86,3%  observed for 20012007.

The results indicate that for the three year period mothers aged 20−29 and 30−39 had the highest proportion of current birth registrations. Among women aged 25−29 years 87,2% were registered in 2013, 89,6% in 2014 and 90,3% in 2015. Similar trends were observed for women aged 30-34 years in 2013 (87,2%) and more less same patters in 2015 and 2015 (89,7% and 90,8%, 2014 and 2015 respectively). With regard to birth occurrence, the results show that women aged 20−24 years comprised the age cohort with the highest proportion of birth occurrences for all years but with decreasing proportions over the three-year period from 27,2% in 2013, to 26,8% in 2014 and further down to 26,2% in 2015.  In all the three years, the highest proportions of registrations occurred in Gauteng (26%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (20%) and Limpopo (12%). Northern Cape accounted for the lowest proportion of birth registrations (2%). There were more current registrations than late registrations in all provinces in all the three years. The distribution of total birth registrations by sex shows that male birth registrations exceeded female birth registrations for all three years. Moreover, a consistent sex ratio of 102 males per 100 female birth registrations was observed for South Africa, over the three-year period. The months of January, March and September had the highest percentage of birth occurrences for the three year period. The most popular baby name for males in 2015 was Junior, followed by Blessing and Gift and for females it was Precious, Princess and Angel, in that order. The most popular surnames were from the Nguni clans being Dlamini, followed by Nkosi and Ndlovu.