“We are talking about mid-year population estimates, which use the latest fertility, mortality and migration data to estimate the size of the population of the Republic of South Africa. Now, the mid-year estimates for 2018, we are sitting at 57,73 million people that are living in South Africa,” said Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke at a media briefing in Pretoria.

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“In 2017, we were sitting at 56, 8 million. We had 1,2 million births, a 0,2 net migration and we had about half a million deaths.”

About 51% [about 29,5 million] of the people in South Africa are female, 29,5% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and 8,5% of the population [4,89 million] is 60 years or older.

Life expectancy at birth for 2018 is estimated at 61,1 years for males and 67,3 years for females.

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Maluleke said the population estimates cover all residents in South Africa at the 2018 mid-year, and “are based on the latest available information”.

– African News Agency