South Africa’s registered births in decline – Official

Published: 29/Sep/2017
Source: APA (Agence de presse africaine)

South Africa is experiencing a continuous decline in the total number of registered births, according a Recorded Live Births 2016 Report released in Pretoria on Thursday.

Releasing the report, Statistics South Africa’s Statistician General Pali Lehohla said nearly 969,415 live births were registered at the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2016, which is a 10.6-percent decline from the 1,084,511 births that were registered in 2015.

According to the report, the 2015 number was a drop from the 1,142, 275 live births that were recorded in 2014, he said.

Of the 969,415 live births registered in 2016, Lehohla said about 876,435 (90.4 percent) were current birth registrations and 92,980 (9.6 percent) were late registrations.


The completeness of 2016 births registered was estimated at 89.2 percent, with the current registration of births high among women aged between 20 and 24 years old, and those aged between 25 and 29 years at 94.4 and 92.9 percent, respectively, he said.


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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2017