Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RSA Population Tops 50 Million


According to the latest mid-year population estimate released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on 27 July 2011, the population of South Africa passed the 50 million mark.

The estimates, which cover all residents in the country, put the population at 50.59 million people. The mid-year population estimates are based on the 2001 census and use cohort component methodology to prepare the estimates. Taking the South African birth rate, and immigration, minus emigration and death rate into account, the population growth was estimated at 1.1%.

The estimates indicate that 52% of the population are women. Life expectancy at birth for 2011 is estimated at 54.9 years for males and 59.1 years for females. Gauteng remains the most populated province with 22.4 % of the total population followed in second place by KwaZulu-Natal, while the Northern Cape remains the least populated province.

The release of these estimates comes against the background of the preparations for Census 2011 which are currently underway. At the time of the release of the StatsSA mid- year estimates it was only 70 days to go before the big count begins.

Pieter Rautenbach

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