oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The status of older persons in relation to the implementation of policies and legislation and challenges relating to social security : conference paper

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



South Africa's population is ageing: we have a falling birth rate and more people are living to a greater age. The HIV and AIDS pandemic is leaving a gap between the youngest and the oldest, placing new burdens on the older population and reducing their family support. While in most provinces the population of older persons is 6-8% of the total population, actual numbers of older persons vary widely. According to a Community Survey conducted in 2007 by Statistics South Africa, the number of people aged 60 and above ranged from 95 000 in the Northern Cape to more than 720 000 in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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