SA’s new num­bers

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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.

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