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Population

Approx. 49,050,000
Country comparison to the world: 25

Age structure

0-14 years: 28.9% (male 7,095,000/female 7,060,000)
15-64 years: 65.8% (male 16,275,000/female 15,985,000)
65 years and over: 5.4% (male 1,075,000/female 1,560,000) (2009 est.)


Population growth rate

0.281% (2009 est.)
Country comparison to the world: 173


Birth rate

19.93 births/1,000 population (2009 est.)
Country comparison to the world: 99


Death rate

16.99 deaths/1,000 population (July 2009 est.)
Country comparison to the world: 12

Urbanization:

Urban population: 61% of total population (2008)
Rate of urbanization: 1.4% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)
 

Ethnic groups:

  • Black African 79%
  • white 9.6%
  • coloured 8.9%
  • Indian/Asian 2.5%

 

Religions:

  • Zion Christian 11.1%
  • Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%
  • Catholic 7.1%
  • Methodist 6.8%
  • Dutch Reformed 6.7%
  • Anglican 3.8%
  • Muslim 1.5%
  • other Christian 36%
  • other 2.3%
  • unspecified 1.4%
  • none 15.1%

 

Languages:

  • IsiZulu 23.8%
  • IsiXhosa 17.6%
  • Afrikaans 13.3%
  • Sepedi 9.4%
  • English 8.2%
  • Setswana 8.2%
  • Sesotho 7.9%
  • Xitsonga 4.4%
  • other 7.2%

 

Literacy:

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write

Total population: 86.4%

Male: 87%
Female: 85.7% (2003 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):

Total: 13 years
Male: 13 years
Female: 13 years (2004)