Most SA citizens under age of 35 - Census

2012-10-30 10:39

Cape Town - Close to 60% of the population is under the age of 35, according to the Census 2011 results released on Tuesday.

The number of children aged 0 to 4 outnumber other age brackets.

Over 5.6 million South Africans are under the age of 4, while 4.8 million children are aged 5 to 9, and close to 4.6 million are between the ages of 10 and 14.

"Almost one in three, or 29.6% of the population of South Africa, is aged between 0 and 4 years, and a further 28.9% is aged between 15 and 34 years," according to the document.

The census results show Gauteng's population swelling and becoming bigger than that of KwaZulu-Natal.

The coastal province, however, still has a higher number of children, perhaps an indication of higher fertility rates and the number of people migrating out of KwaZulu-Natal after age 20, according to census officials.

Their are a higher number of boys born in the country, but girls begin to outnumber their male counterparts between the ages of 15 to 19.

An expert at Statistics SA says this is a global trend, which can be attributed to three factors, namely mortality, fertility, and migration.

  • shaun.burrell.56 - 2012-10-30 11:00

    The 0 - 4 age group is compliments of Eskom and load shedding

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-30 11:05

      And lack of education!

      rigel.bernard - 2012-10-30 11:37

      lol u made my day

      johny.stront - 2012-10-30 12:35

      Can't wait for racist "Gift" to leave a stupid comment on this one.

      gugulethu.themba.1 - 2012-10-30 13:34

      @ rooster what do you know about our tradition you should just shut up and comment on what you know like stealing our land

      mokgadi.mahloborakgoale - 2012-10-30 14:14

      LOL! Shaun; couldn't have said it better.

      mokgadi.mahloborakgoale - 2012-10-30 14:19

      No need for racist remarks , please Rooster. This is just plain numbers. Some opinions are better off kept to yourself.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-30 14:25

      Could the "Child Grant" have anything to do with this????

  • annelise.venter.77 - 2012-10-30 11:01

    nearly 30% under 4 years old.....shocking! Where and how will we feed them, educate them and create jobs for them?

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-30 11:15

    In spite of what the president says this IS a tipping point and time bomb. With a 50% unemployment rate in the youth what is going to happen,african spring?or winter more likely.

  • smudgedale - 2012-10-30 12:22

    There is a bit of an error above, i hope it is from the journalist and not the census statistician. "Almost one in three, or 29.6% of the population of South Africa, is aged between 0 and 4 years" Quick math, 30% of the current population is just over 15,000,000. The article then suggests that there are 5,6 million people under the age of 4 (0 - 4 bracket). I think it would be truly terrifying if there were over 15,000,000 people under the age of 4. I can however believe that 60% of the population is below 35 when you take into account the average lifespan.

      Duncan Adams - 2013-08-28 21:04

      Thanks for pointing out the poor maths(arithmetic) used in the article. As you say let's hope it is the journalist and not Stats SA - otherwise we are in deep trouble. However, the latter case would not surprise me!

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-10-30 12:41

    In ten years we'll be reading that the education department wants to fit 200 to a classroom. Better start hiring taxi drivers as teachers.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-30 13:28

    Well we all know the figures are not accurate. They counted the children as it was easier to troll the townships. I am yet to receive a visit from the census 'counters' and I live in the middle of the village....oh and my neighbours too. The last time they had a census, the same thing happened, we were left out.

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-10-30 16:46

    Must be zuma's off spring

  • chardene - 2012-11-02 14:29

    So basically,50% of mothers has aids and will not see their child's 10th birthday (debatable). True BEE companies (which are most of the "generous" companies) will lose BEE points if they sponsor charities that don't have solely black beneficiaries. With 30% of the population being between 0 and 4, what will happen to the other orphans?

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