Fewer Births in South Africa - Survey

NGO finds that childbirths as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for the first time in more than two decades

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that childbirths as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for the first time in more than two decades.

In a press statement, SAIRR researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, points out that, "Women are choosing to delay childbirth and ultimately have fewer children, so that the number of babies born per 1 000 people in a given year is shrinking."

Ndebele says a shrinking proportion of births, coupled with better life expectancy, will result in the proportion of young people dropping while that of older persons will grow.

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Source: 
News 24

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