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South Africa releases long awaited census results

By Crystal van Wyk
Posted on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:22

These were some of the numbers released by the Statistics South Africa Tuesday following the release of the 2011 Census results.

South Africa’s population now stands at 51,770,560, the country’s statistician-general Pali Lehohla said. He handed President Jacob Zuma the census results in Pretoria.

The Census also showed that the country has a young population, with most of the nearly 52 million under the age of 39 years.

Zuma said the results are “the tale of our national pride, the South Africa I know, the home I understand, our census report”.

“The results are used to ensure equity in the distribution of government services and funds among various regions and districts for basic services,” Zuma said.

The 2011 Census also showed major improvements in the provision of basic services, but indicated there were still huge gaps to be overcome.

It is estimated that there are 7 million migrants in Africa’s largest economy.

The results also show that people had moved from the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and Free State to Gauteng and the Western Cape over the past decade.

The Western Cape and Gauteng have the highest economic activity in the country.

From 1996 to 2011 there was a massive jump in the percentage of people using electricity as a main source for cooking from 45 percent to 73 percent between 1996 and 2011.

But the census also showed that the country still has a massive unemployment rate.

Statistics SA’s quarterly labour force survey recorded the official unemployment rate for last October 2011, as 23.9%, while the census, which was conducted at the same time, estimates unemployment to be 29.8%.

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