Population share drops in 5 provinces

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Johannesburg - Five provinces have recorded a drop in their share of the country's population in the past 12 years, the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said on Wednesday.

Although the country's population had grown by 18%, the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and North West all currently contributed smaller numbers as a proportion to the total population than they did in 2001, the SAIRR said.

"In 2001, KwaZulu-Natal held the biggest share of the total population but is now second to Gauteng," researcher Thuthukani Ndebele said.

"The Northern Cape’s change in proportion was highest, although it still contributes the least to the whole population."


The institute obtained the figures from the national census conducted by Statistics SA in 2001 and the 2013 mid-year-estimates.

The statistics reveal that the Eastern Cape made up 14.4% of the country's population in 2001. The number dropped to 12.2% this year.

The Free State contributed 6.0% of the country's total population 12 years ago. It decreased to 5.2% in 2013.

KwaZulu-Natal made up 21% of the population in 2001 but recorded a 19.7% contribution this year.

Limpopo's population made up 11.8% of the total in 2001, and fell to 10.4% in 2013.

The North West contributed 8.2% of the country's population in 2001 but experienced a significant drop to 6.8% in 2013.

Gauteng, the province with the largest growth population, contributed 19.7% of the country's population in 2001. The number increased to 24% in 2013.

The country's total population had increased to 52 982 000 in 2013. Twelve years ago the figure was 44 819 778.

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