South African population in 2016 appears to have increased by over 3 million people from 51.8 million in 2011 to 55.7 million this year.
As expected, Gauteng being the economic hub of the country occupies the topmost position as the province with the highest number of people at 13.4 million.
Right behind Gauteng is KwaZulu-Natal with 11 million people‚ while the Eastern Cape got 7 million, the Western Cape also has the same number of inhabitants (7 million).
Northern Cape still maintained its position as the province with the lowest number of inhabitants with a population of only 1.2 million people.
It must be noted that since the last official census in 2011‚ there has been an increase in the number of households in the country from 14.5 million to 16.9 million in 2016, with males heading about 58.7% of the households.
Statistics SA provided this information contained in the Community Survey 2016 released on Thursday.
The information added that irrespective of the fact that government has put in countless efforts to provide proper housing for the citizens, the number of people living in informal settlements has remained very high.
In the South African population 2016, the number of people living in informal settlements stood at 13% in 2016. This is with regards to South Africa’s 16.9 million households.
However, this was marginally lower than the 13.6% which was recorded in the 2011 census.
2001 census revealed that 16.4% of households were inhabiting the informal settlements. The survey further showed that 7% of households live in huts and other forms of traditional dwellings while 79.2% live in formal homes.
The figure for households living in formal dwellings shows an increase from the last census in 2011 when the figure stood at 77.6%.
Meanwhile, in the latest Fragile States Index, South Africa with its dwindling economy and dissatisfied citizens has been placed on a warning category alongside other countries like Kazakhstan‚ Cuba and Brazil.
The criteria for the ranking include state legitimacy‚ poverty and economic decline‚ brain drain‚ delivery of basic services‚ uneven economic development and group grievance which connotes protest actions.