Statistician-General: 7.5 Million People Live with HIV in South Africa

Johannesburg - South Africa has a population of 57.7 million people - and 7.52 million are living with HIV. However, the number of AIDS related deaths has decreased from 276.921 in 2007 to 115.167 in 2018.

The mid-year population statistics released by the Statistics South Africa estimates that black African population is in the majority with 46,7m and constitutes approximately 81 percent of the total South African population.

The white population is estimated at 4.5m, the coloured population at 5,1m and the Indian/Asian population at 1.4m. Just over 51 percent (29,5 million) of the population is female.
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Statistician-General of South Africa Risenga Maluleke on Monday released the 2018 mid-year population estimates, providing estimates on the population of South Africa and includes current indicators of fertility, mortality and migration.

He said people living with HIV in 2018 are estimated to be sitting at 7.52m.

Said Maluleke: "Of course we are looking at people in South Africa living a lot more healthier. With the proliferation and availability of ARVs, there are more people living with HIV, so it’s not a question of the numbers just increasing."

He said 17 million of the total population is aged 0-14 years , 35.8m are youth and adults between the ages 15 and 59, whereas 4.9m is the elderly aged between 60 and above.

Maluleke said women live longer than men in South Africa with a life expectancy of 67.3 years compared to 61.1 years for males. 51% of the South African population is female.

Statistics also reveal that the total fertility rate in South Africa continues to decline. More urbanised provinces have a lower fertility rate. - Daily Sun 

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