South Africa's population booms to 58.78 million people in 2019

South Africa's population booms to 58.78 million people in 2019

Statistics South Africa has released their report on the mid-year population estimates for 2019. Briefly.co.za unpacks some interesting revelations put forward by the entity.

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Statistics SA has released their mid-year population estimates report, revealing that the nation's population has grown to 58.78 million in 2019.

With issues such as high unemployment rates and difficult economic times weighing on Mzansi's minds, the statistics have afforded a vital insight into the nation's people.

Briefly.co.za takes a look at some of the highlights from the report.

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1. Women in South Africa

A great deal of new information has been revealed on female citizens. Most notably, it was mentioned that there are more women than men in the country.

Additionally, life expectancy for females is higher than their male counterparts, currently at 67.7 years. This makes the average gap in life expectancy 6 years between the two sexes.

2. Citizens living with HIV

7.97 Million South Africans live with HIV, with an improvement in access to treatment ensuring that those affected can lead longer, healthier lives.

3. Young and old citizens

17 million citizens are under the age of 14, accounting for a third of the nation's total population.

9% of the population are over the age of 60 years old, leaving only 62% of the population in the age bracket for adults.

4. More young black citizens than any other race

EWN reports that Statisticians-General Risenga Maluleke noted that black citizens have a more 'youthful' population compared to other races:

"We can see that the black African population structure is more youthful than the white population."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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