Children Count - Abantwana Babalulekile, Statistics on children in South Africa Children's Institute - University of Cape Town

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Indicators for Demography

Number of children living in South Africa

Children make up 34% of South Africa's population. More than a fifth of all children live in KwaZulu-Natal.

   

The number and proportion of children living with their biological parent(s)

This indicator shows the number and proportion of children in South Africa who are living in the same household/dwelling with both their biological parents, with their mother only; with their father only; or who are not living with either of their biological parents.

   

Number and proportion of orphans living in South Africa

An orphan is defined as a child under the age of 18 years whose mother, father, or both biological parents have died (including those whose living status is reported as unknown, but excluding those whose living status is unspecified).

   

Number and proportion of maternal and paternal orphans living with their remaining biological parent

A maternal orphan is defined as a child whose mother has died but whose father is alive, while a paternal orphan is a child whose father has died but whose mother is alive. Paternal orphans are morely like to be living with their remaining parent - their mother.

   

Number and proportion of children living in child-only households

A child-only household is defined as a household in which all members are younger than 18 years, i.e. a household consisting only of children. Less than 1% of children live in child-only households.

   

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