Eight in 10 South Africans black - Census

2012-10-30 10:03

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Cape Town - Almost eight in every 10 people in South Africa are black, according to the 2011 Census results, released on Tuesday.

About 41 million people described themselves as black; 4.62 million as coloured; 4.59 million as white; and 1.3 million as Indian or Asian, during the October 9 count last year.

In the previous census, in 2001, there were 35.4 million black people, 3.99 million coloureds, 1.1 million Indians or Asians, and 4.29 million whites.

For the first time in post-1994 census history, the number of people identifying themselves as coloured exceeds those describing themselves as white.

A total of 280 454 people listed themselves as "other" in the 2011 Census. According to census officials, this group includes a growing number of South Africans who refuse to classify themselves in terms of race or ethnicity.

The census reveals that so-called coloured people make up the largest population group in the Western Cape.

"Coloured people constitute the largest group in the Western Cape. Black people constitute the largest group in all other provinces," according to the document.

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