Stats SA’s mid-year population report has dropped. Here’s what has changed in South Africa.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has released its mid-year population statistics and with that always comes, getting to know our country better. First off, it was announced that South Africa’s mid-year population is estimated at 59.6 million in 2020, gradually nearing the 60 million mark.
Here are the provinces with the highest recorded populations, the least, and the latest stats on ages and gender that make up our nation.
SA’S POPULATION BY PROVINCE
According to the StatsSA report, Gauteng continues to record the largest share of South Africa’s population, with approximately 15.5 million people (26%) living in the province.
With that being said, Gauteng has recently also become the country’s COVID-19 epicentre. As of Wednesday 8 July, Gauteng reported 75 015 COVID-19 cases, 478 deaths and 19 779 recoveries.
KwaZulu-Natal is the province with the second largest population, with an estimated 11.5 million people (19.3%) living in this province.
The Northern Cape maintained its status as the province with the lowest population in the country with a population estimated at 1.29 million people.
The Western Cape has 7 million people, Eastern Cape 6.7 million, Limpopo 5.8 million, Mpumalanga 4.6 million, North West 4.1 million and the Free State 2.9 million people.
GENDER AND AGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
The report indicates that approximately 51.1% (approximately 30.5 million) of the population is female.
According to the report, about 28.6% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 9.1% (5.4 million) is 60 years or older.
Of those younger than 15 years of age, the majority reside in KwaZulu-Natal (21.8%) and Gauteng (21.4%). Of the elderly (those aged 60 years and older), the highest percentage of 24.1% (1.31 million) reside in Gauteng.
The proportion of elderly persons aged 60 has grown from 7.6% in 2002 to 9.1% in 2020.
The report further shows that for the period 2016 – 2021, Gauteng and the Western Cape are estimated to experience the largest inflow of migrants of approximately, 1 553 162 and 468 568, respectively.
Life expectancy at birth for 2020 is estimated at 62.5 years for males and 68.5 years for females. The infant mortality rate for 2020 is estimated at 23.6 per 1 000 live births.
The estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 1% among the South African population. The total number of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) is estimated at approximately 7.8 million in 2020. For adults aged 15 – 49 years, an estimated 18.7% of the population is HIV positive.