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Average life expectancy rises in Province

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Life expectancy for woman is 65.9 years and for men it is 61.1 years

GETTING OLDER: The life expectancy for both males and females has increased since 2001. Photo: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WHILE the population of the Northern Cape has grown to 1.2 million people, the average life expectancy for females in the Province is 65.9 years, while for males it is 61.1 years.

This is up from 57.8 years for females in 2001 to 2006 and 53.2 years for males over the same period.

The largest age group in the Province is children under the age of 10 years, with more than 10 percent of the population falling in this age group.

A total of 125 460 people in the Province are between the ages of 0-4 years, and 122 566 are between the ages of 5-10 years.

The next largest group are those between the ages of 10-14 years, with a total of 109 488, followed by those between the ages of 25-29 years at 108 424 and those between the ages of 30-34 at 107 159.

There are more people older than 80 years in the Province, namely 15 618, than those between the ages of 75-79 years, with 13 982 people in the category.

More than double the 80 plus year olds are woman, with 10 811 women reaching this age, while only 4 807 men are older than 80 years.

Overall women also outnumber men, with 610 538 women in the Province in comparison to 602 917 men.

The Northern Cape has 2.1 percent of the country’s population – a figure that has dropped slightly from 2.2 percent recorded each year since 2002.

The highest percentage of the population lives in Gauteng (25.3 percent or 14.3 million people), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19.6 percent or 11.1 million people) and the Eastern and Western Cape, both at 11.5 percent. The Free State is the second lowest with 5.1 percent of the population.

A total of 72 441 people left the Northern Cape since 2011, while 75 751 moved to the Province from elsewhere in the country.

Most of those who left the Province went to the Western Cape (17 561) and Gauteng (17 423), while the North West attracted 12 431 of the Province’s population.

It is estimated that in the next five years, 76 832 people will leave the Province, while 82 502 will move here, increasing the population by an estimated 5 670.

The figures were released yesterday by Statistics SA and reflect the 2017 mid-year population of the country.

Nationally it is estimated that the country’s mid-year population is 56.52 million, with approximately 51 percent (approximately 28.9 million) of the population being female.

About 29.6 percent of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 8.1 percent (4.6 million) is 60 years or older.

The infant mortality rate for 2017 is estimated at 32.8 per 1 000 live births, while the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 12.6 percent among the South African population.