Millions expected to move to Gauteng over the next few decades

Millions expected to move to Gauteng over the next few decades

- A huge number of South Africans are expected to semigrate into the Gauteng province

- The local government released a report indicating that millions would be heading to the region over the next three decades

- Briefly.co.za explores that reasons behind the expected influx of people

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The Gauteng Provincial Government is bracing itself for a huge amount of South Africans moving to the province over the next decade.

BusinessTech reports that citizens will be seeking out work opportunities and better living standards.

15.2 Million people currently call the province home but a recent report projects that 2.8 million more will have moved to the region by the end of this decade and by 2050 the number of residents is expected to be between 22 and 25 million:

“Gauteng’s population growth is attributable to many factors. The province has the highest numbers of in-migration and out-migration flows in South Africa, with an in-flow of domestic migrants mostly from rural provinces."

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The report noted that only a small amount of people came from other countries:

“Cross-border migration accounted for 3% of population growth. South Africa is a highly urbanised country, with the effects of this urbanisation most sharply felt in Gauteng, given the economic opportunities it offers. This growth has a significant bearing on provincial priorities and budget allocations.”

The report further noted that the effects of high urbanisation included a strained budget for the region:

“This growth has a significant bearing on provincial priorities and budget allocations. The high number of people drawn to the province has resulted in population density levels that are significantly higher than the country’s average (675 people per square kilometre, in contrast with the national average density of 42 people per square kilometre)."

Briefly.co.za gathered that demographics had noted a decline in the working-age population from 72% to 66.5% in Gauteng. An influx of older citizens was reported, increasing to 8.7%.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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