Disability affects African females more than males – Stats SA

2014-09-09 14:59

Statistics South Africa released the results of the prevalence of disability among South Africans in Pretoria this morning.

Here are 10 things worth knowing about the results as collected from the 2011 Census:

1. Nearly 25% of people with disabilities who are 20 years or older do not have any education, and 49% of people with disabilities between 14 and 19 cannot attend school.

2. Of the 51.8 million people in South Africa, 2.9 million reported having a disability in Census 2011.

3. Africans have the highest proportion of persons with disability at 7.8%, followed by whites at 6.5%.

4. There are more females, 8.3%, who are disabled in one way or another compared with 6.5% of males.

5. Older people account for more than half of all disabled people. Of those who are disabled, 53.2% are aged 85 or older.

6. The Free State and Northern Cape have the highest disability rate in South Africa – 11% of people in each province are disabled in some way. The Western Cape and Gauteng have the lowest disability rate at 5% of their population.

7. At least 9.3% of the population suffers from “mild seeing” problems and 1.7% have “severe” seeing disabilities.

8. At least 2.9% of the population have “mild” hearing disabilities compared with 0.7% who suffer from “severe” hearing problems.

9. The report also found that 1.1% of the population suffer from “mild” communication disabilities compared with 0.4% of people who suffer from “severe” communication disabilities.

10. At least 2% of the population suffer from “mild” disability in that they cannot concentrate or are “unable to take care of themselves”. This was “severe” in 1.4% of the population.

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