Mbalo Brief – August 2021

Population estimation or projections are important for any country because they help organizations, governments, researchers and policy makers to plan and make decisions about the future of the country. Projections can help these organizations estimate the volume of basic human need such as food, water, sanitation, housing, power and transportations required by the population of a country. Presented in this article is a summary of the Mid-year population estimates, 2021 (statistical release P0302) published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on 19 July 2021. This article will focus on demographic assumptions, fertility, mortality, international migration, national as well as provincial population estimates.

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