See The Number Of People South Africa Added To Its Population


South Africa added 800,000 people to its population over the past year, and has grown by more than 15 million people since 1996, according to new data by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

The stats body unveiled its community survey for 2016 showing that the country’s population has reached 55.7 million in 2016 – up from 40.6 million in 1996.

  • 2001 – 44.8 million
  • 2011 – 51.8 million
  • 2015 – 54.9 million
  • 2016 – 55.7 million

Age‐sex distribution indicates a youthful population, with the highest proportion of
both the male and female population in the 0‐4 and 5‐9 year age groups.

Analysis by age groups show the largest increase in population amongst those aged 5‐9
years (from 4.8 million in 2011 to 5.6 million in 2016).


Gauteng remains the most populous province in the country with 13.4 million people, up from 13.2 million in 2015, and from 12.3 million in 2011.

KwaZulu-Natal is the second most populous province, with 11.1 million people, followed by the Eastern Cape, with 7 million people, and the Western Cape, with 6.3 million people.


Source: Business Tech


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