Over third of SA population under 18 - Unicef

Johannesburg - Over one third of South Africa's population is expected to be under the age of 18 in 2015, according to a United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) report released on Tuesday.

According to Unicef's "Generation 2030 Africa" report, next year, out of South Africa's projected population of 53 million people, 18 million of those would be under the age of 18.

The projected population for the country equalled 5% of Africa's total population, while South Africa's below-18 population comprised 3% of Africa's population within the same demographic.

Five million South African citizens would be under the age of 5 (3% of Africa), while 10 million would be adolescents (4% of Africa).

In 2050, South Africa's projected population of 63 million would equal 3% of Africa's, while its below-18 representation drops to below 3%.

Nigeria looms large, with 2015 seeing the country equalling 16% of Africa's population and its below-18 population equalling 17% of the same demographic across the continent.

In 2050, Nigeria would make up 18% of Africa's total population as its expected population in 2015 of 184 million was expected to more than double to 440 million.

This growth is mirrored in expectations regarding Nigeria's under-18 population, where it would comprise 21% of the continent's total under-18 population.

Fertility rate

Regarding fertility rates, next year SA was expected to have a fertility rate of 2.3 children per woman, one of the lowest on the continent, and below Africa's expected average of three children per woman.

In terms of contraception, over 60% of South Africa's married or in-union women between the ages of 15 and 49 were expected to use contraception, among the top five highest rates of use in Africa.

Of married or in-union women in the same age group, less than 15% wanted to stop or delay childbearing, but were not using a method of contraception.

Next year, South Africa's old-age dependency ratio was expected to be nine people per 100 persons of working age, being between 15 and 64 years old, the sixth highest on the continent

South Africa was also expected to have 65% of its population living in urban areas next year, the ninth highest level in Africa.

According to the report, in 2050 around 41% of all births world-wide would take place in Africa, while in the same year 25 people out of every 100 would be African.

This was against the expected figures in 2015, where Africans would make up 16 people out of every 100 around the world.

In 2015, 40% of Africa's population was expected to be living in cities, versus over 50% in 2050.

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Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo 2014/08/12 06:11:12 PM
let the old dinosaurs of the previous era die out and let the youth come to power your time has passed as ours begins
Richard Young 2014/08/12 06:23:12 PM
Over breeding ?
Heinrich Adams Adams 2014/08/12 06:33:00 PM
But what they don't say in these figures is that poverty,unemployment,crime lack of intelligent wil dramatically rise by 2050
Redphi 2014/08/12 06:38:49 PM
Mpho Marvelous 2014/08/12 06:57:56 PM
Good an bad news at the same time.
Grant Durban 2014/08/12 07:47:42 PM
Does that mean a third of our population is not brainwashed?
Bingo 2014/08/12 09:20:14 PM
People need to keep their knees together We are creating workers quicker than any country can produce jobs. Seriously, how stupid are our fellow South Africans. Make a grant for every woman between 14 & 25 with no kids that is the equivalent of the grant payable for 3 kids. Also, perhaps only give grant for 1 child.
Bingo 2014/08/12 09:27:20 PM
People are breeding themselves out of a viable future. Perhaps the youngster believe Govt, that struggles to run anything that doesn't need to make a profit, will somehow grow the mines, farms etc and be able to feed, house and give tenders to everyone. Delusional....
Monica Kieck 2014/08/12 10:41:31 PM
If the ANC will take care of proper education; these children will be the future of our Country. It is now the time to take care of Education; our South African Military service; Medical services in Government Hospitals; Housing for the Parliament members; not those extravagant houses and sell Government properties via the correct ways. Not taking land from farmers as you will have no food or contaminated vegetables on your table soon. It is now time that Government start selling off the properties that they have on their books; they do not even know which properties they own; then take away the farms that they have given away; some of their Government officials are renting the farms out; let the farmers that have land produce their stuff. Don't take away farms from people that have bought their farms. It is like Zimbabwe where people had to leave their farms; please take note. Now the people are hungry and they have money and no food to buy. Mr. Zuma you opened up our Country to these people. Have not learned how this country got to this state. They killed the farmers and burned down the houses. Every day in our country they do the same. Do you want us to land up like most African Countries? All of us cannot live in the Western Cape. This is a province well run!
Henno 2014/08/13 08:01:31 AM
And why is this important some might ask? Because the ANC has through their failed education system created and army for the EFF. An army of disgruntled, jobless, unemployable youth which wants everything without working for it. The country will burb