as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for
the first time in more than two decades, the SA Institute of Race Relations said.
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"Women are choosing to delay childbirth and ultimately have fewer
children, so that the number of babies born per 1000 people in a given year is
shrinking," SAIRR researcher Thuthukani Ndebele said in a statement.
"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."
The SAIRR sourced the data from Statistics SA. The birth rate (births per
1000 people) declined by about 16% between 2002 and 2013, Ndebele said.
Births recorded in 1991 accounted for almost 3% of the country’s population.
"By 2010, that proportion had fallen to 2% and subsequently dropped to
1.8% in 2011," Ndebele said.
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