South Africa's population on the rise

File: South Africa’s population now stands at nearly 57 million. Photo: Pixabay / FreeFotos

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s population now stands at nearly 57 million.

Statistics South Africa's mid-year population report shows an increase of nearly one million people from last year.

The report also shows that life expectancy has improved for people living with HIV.

Approximately 51 percent of the population is made up of females.

Gauteng comprises the largest number of people, followed by KwaZulu-Natal.

The Northern Cape remains the province with the smallest share of the population.

In terms of work opportunities, Gauteng remains the most preferred destination for both international and inter-provincial migrants.

The data also shows that females are living longer than males.

Life expectancy is estimated at about 61 for males and 66 years for females.

The numbers also show that people in the Western Cape live for longer.

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