Key findings: P0302 - Mid-year population estimates, 2006

The mid-2006 population is estimated at approximately 47,4 million. (The census figure for October 2001 was 44,8 million.) Africans are in the majority (nearly 37,7 million) and constitute 80 percent of the total South African population.

Fifty-one per cent (approximately 24 million) of the population is female.

The provincial estimates show that KwaZulu-Natal has the largest share of the population (approximately 21%), followed by Gauteng (20%).