Aids-related death declined since early 2000: Stats SA

This is according to the Mid-year report released by the Statistician-General Riseng Maluleka from Statistic South Africa, reported between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

In the report, Maluleka outlined an estimated overall HIV prevalence rate at approximately 13, 0% among the South African population.

The total number of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) is estimated at approximately 7, 8 million in 2020. For adults aged 15–49 years, an estimated 18, 7% of the population is HIV positive.

It was further reported that Aids-related deaths declined by nearly half since the beginning of 2000.

According to the report, in 2002 there was an estimate of 3.8 million people with HIV.

Mid-year population

South Africa’s midyear population is estimated to have increased to 59, 62 million in 2020.

Gauteng continues to record the largest share of South Africa’s population, with approximately 15, 5 million people (26, 0%) living in this province.

The second largest population with approximately 11, 5 million people has been recorded in KwaZulu-Natal.

Northern Cape maintained its status as the province with the lowest population in the a country with a population estimated at 1, 29 million people.

The report indicates that approximately 51, 1% (approximately 30, 5 million) of the population is female.

According to the report about 28, 6% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 9, 1% (5, 4 million) is 60 years or older. Of those younger than 15 years of age, the majority reside in KwaZulu-Natal (21, 8%) and Gauteng (21, 4%). Of the elderly (those aged 60 years and older), the highest percentage 24,1% (1,31 million) reside in Gauteng.

The proportion of elderly persons aged 60 and has grown from 7,6% in 2002 to 9,1% in 2020.

Life expectancy

The report indicate that life expectancy at birth for 2020 is estimated at 62,5 years for males and 68,5 years for females. The infant mortality rate for 2020 is estimated at 23, 6 per 1 000 live births.