Releasing the report, Statistics South Africa’s Statistician General Pali Lehohla said nearly 969,415 live births were registered at the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2016, which is a 10.6-percent decline from the 1,084,511 births that were registered in 2015.
According to the report, the 2015 number was a drop from the 1,142, 275 live births that were recorded in 2014, he said.
Of the 969,415 live births registered in 2016, Lehohla said about 876,435 (90.4 percent) were current birth registrations and 92,980 (9.6 percent) were late registrations.
“Overall, there were slightly more males (491,109) than females (478,306) registered in 2016. For births which occurred in 2016, the sex ratio at birth was 102 males per 100 females,” Lehola said.
The report showed that birth occurrences were high in January, followed by March and September, respectively, and this has been the case from 2012 to 2016.
In general, the pattern of birth by month has been the same in recent years, with the highest proportion of births occurring during the month of March. This suggested that babies were likely conceived during June or July, the country’s winter season, he noted.
The completeness of 2016 births registered was estimated at 89.2 percent, with the current registration of births high among women aged between 20 and 24 years old, and those aged between 25 and 29 years at 94.4 and 92.9 percent, respectively, he said.
According to the report, women between 25 and 29 years old experienced higher birth occurrence (25.9 percent) than any other age groups, followed by ages 20 to 24 years (25.8 percent), and then ages 30 to 34 (21.1 percent) respectively.