South Africa

Decennial Population

year population est.
1950 13,683,162
1960 17,396,367
1970 22,502,502
1980 29,077,143
1990 36,793,490
2000 44,846,286
2010 51,452,352
2020 55,131,292
2025 56,665,762
2050 63,405,086
2075 66,031,808
2100 64,134,806
source: UN - WPP 2012 Revision (medium).

General Information


Official name Republic of South Africa (the)
Capital Pretoria
Region Southern Africa
ISO code ZA
Statistical agency Statistics South Africa


Administrative units

codeprovincecapitalarea in
sq.km.
population
2001-10-10
census
population
2011-10-10
census
ECEastern CapeKing Williams Town/Bisho168,9666,278,6516,562,053
FSFree StateBloemfontein129,8252,706,7762,745,590
GPGautengJohannesburg18,1789,389,35512,272,263
KZNKwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburg/Ulundi94,3619,584,12910,267,300
LPLimpopoPolokwane125,7544,995,5355,404,868
MPMpumalangaNelspruit76,4953,365,8864,039,939
NWNorth WestMahiking104,8822,983,1953,509,953
NCNorthern CapeKimberley372,889991,9191,145,861
WCWestern CapeCape Town129,4624,524,3345,822,734
 total 1,220,81344,819,77851,770,560
source: Statistics South Africa. and The Local Government Handbook (http://www.localgovernment.co.za).
note: All DMA's (District Municipality Area) have been dissolved and they went up into the surrounding Local Muncipalities.
note: CB - some municipalities and district municipalities cross boundaries, thus totalling numbers can differ.
note: DM = District Municipality; MM = Metropolitan Municipality; Mun. = Municipality.
note: Eastern Cape {en} = Oos-Kaap {af}; Free Stat {en} = Vrystaat {af}; Northern Cape {en} = Noord-Kaap {af}; North-West {en} = Noord-Wes {af}; Western Cape {en} = Wes-Kaap {af}.

Main cities

namepopulation
1996-10-09
census
population
2001-10-10
census
population
2011-10-10
prelim. census
latitude /
longitude
Johannesburg2,639,1103,225,3094,434,827-26.04/27.98
Cape Town2,563,6122,892,2433,740,026-33.93/18.42
eThekwini (Durban)2,751,1933,090,1223,442,361-29.89/30.97
Ekurhuleni - Germiston (East Rand)2,026,8072,478,6313,178,471-26.23/28.17
Tshwane (Pretoria)1,682,7011,982,2352,921,488-25.72/28.25
Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)969,7711,005,7791,152,115-33.91/25.57
Buffalo City (East London)682,287702,281755,200-33.02/27.88
Mangaung (Bloemfontein)603,704645,440747,431-29.14/26.27
Emfuleni (Vanderbijlpark)..658,420721,662-26.70/27.84
Polokwane (Pietersburg)..508,277628,999-24.08/29.32
Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg)521,805552,837618,536-29.63/30.39
Thulamela - Thohoyandou..580,829618,462-22.95/30.47
Mbombela (Nelspruit)..476,593588,794-25.48/30.98
Rustenburg..387,096549,575 
Bushbuckridge..497,958541,247 
source: Statistics South Africa.
note: between brackets are previous names or names of the main city within the urban area.
note: the population numbers refer to municipalities