Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and high rate of HIV, SA’s population has grown and is estimated to be 60.6-million people, according to the Stats SA mid-year population estimates.
The overall growth rate is estimated to be 1,06% in the period 2021–2022.
The black African population is in the majority (49,07-million) and constitutes approximately 81% of the total population. The white population is estimated at 4,6-million, the coloured population at 5,3-million and the Indian/Asian population at 1,5-million.
More than half ( 51% or 30,98-million) of the population is female and about 28,1% is aged 0–14 years.
Almost a fourth of SA women in their reproductive years (15–49 years) are HIV-positive.
The total number of people living with HIV is estimated at 8,45-million, equal to 13,9% of the total population.
As of mid 2022 the life expectancy at birth is around 60 years for males and 65,6 years for females. The infant mortality rate is estimated at 24,3 per 1,000 live births.
On March 5 2020 the first positive case of Covid-19 was found in SA. The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic on March 11 that year, and the first SA Covid-19 death occurred on March 27 2020.
“As the spread of the disease occurred over time, there was a rise in the number of direct and indirect deaths in the population due to Covid-19,”said Stats SA.