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South Africa People

    Population: 43,426,386 (July 1999 est.)
    note: South Africa took a census 10 October 1996 which showed a population of 37,859,000 (after a 6.8% adjustment for underenumeration based on a post-enumeration survey); this figure is still about 10% below projections from earlier censuses; since the full results of that census have not been released for analysis, the numbers shown for South Africa do not take into consideration the results of this 1996 census

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 34% (male 7,541,840; female 7,403,235)
    15-64 years: 61% (male 13,180,925; female 13,312,917)
    65 years and over: 5% (male 798,825; female 1,188,644) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.32% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 25.94 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 12.81 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0.08 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.67 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 51.99 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 54.76 years
    male: 52.68 years
    female: 56.9 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 3.09 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: South African(s)
    adjective: South African

    Ethnic groups: black 75.2%, white 13.6%, Colored 8.6%, Indian 2.6%

    Religions: Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%

    Languages: 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 81.8%
    male: 81.9%
    female: 81.7% (1995 est.)

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