SA’s new numbers
South Africa’s population is nudging the 55 million mark, Stats SA has revealed.
The state agency released the country’s national and provincial figures this week, but the figures for population estimates for all metros and district municipalities will only be known in October.
The country’s population increased by 1.65% between 2014 and 2015. Gauteng remained the most populous province, with almost 13.2 million inhabitants, followed by KwaZulu-Natal, with a population of almost 10.9 million.
These two provinces account for about 44% of the population in the country. Not surprisingly, Northern Cape is the least populous province, with 1.2 million people living there.
A total of 95 158 white people have left South Africa since 2011, according to the Stats SA report.
According to the 2015 midyear population estimates, in the same period, 1 067 937 Africans and 40 929 Asians migrated to South Africa.
The figures took into account total departures and total arrivals over the period.
Statistician-General Pali Lehohla, speaking at the release of the results, said while Stats SA had not done any migration studies, it could be assumed that the estimates were influenced by employment opportunities.