SA AT A GLANCE
Here’s a handy breakdown of the provinces of South Africa, showing our country’s distribution of people, languages and drawcards
YOU’VE probably heard of censuses, when officials collect information about how many people live in our country, how closely they live together and their age, gender, earnings and type of residence.
Not only does the census give a complete count of South Africa’s population, it also helps the government to plan properly so it can for example decide how many schools should be built in a particular area.
Collecting all that information from the millions of people in South Africa is a huge job!
Because of this, official censuses take place in SA only every 10 years. The previous one was in 2011, so the next census will be taken in 2021. In the meantime organisations such as SA’s national statistical service (Stats SA) conduct smaller studies to keep our data as up to date as possible.
Let’s take a look at what we know about our country and its people at the moment*.