The total population in South Africa was estimated at 59.3 million people in 2020, according to the latest census figures and projections from Trading Economics. source: Statistics South Africa

Looking back, in the year of 1960, South Africa had a population of 17.5 million people. This page provides - South Africa Population - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Population - values, historical data and charts - was last updated on July of 2021.

Population in South Africa is expected to reach 60.88 Million by the end of 2021, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the South Africa Population is projected to trend around 61.93 Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Population

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
59.30 58.80 59.30 17.46 1960 - 2020 Million Yearly

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 32.60 32.50 32.60 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 14995.34 15023.55 16528.70 11666.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 7242.00 7233.00 7242.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.40 56.60 60.80 47.30 percent [+]
Labour Costs 166.10 162.20 177.40 1.00 points [+]
Wages 23122.00 23133.00 23133.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19552.00 19788.00 19788.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 59.30 58.80 59.30 17.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 60.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Minimum Wages 21.69 20.76 21.69 20.00 ZAR/Hour [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 63.30 63.20 63.30 48.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 38.01 38.20 46.17 36.26 percent [+]


South Africa Population
The population of South Africa represents 0.73 percent of the world´s total population which arguably means that one person in every 138 people on the planet is a resident of South Africa.