oa Africa Insight - Recent demographic developments in the B.L.S. countries: some of their socio-economic implications

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Despite a fairly long history of census-taking in all three B.L.S. countries in South Africa, considerable inconsistences and differences in basic concepts as well as in the procedures of census-taking complicate a comparative analysis of these populations. The independent approach of the 1960s has aggravated the problem of comparative analysis. However, the close manner in which Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho are economically linked with the Republic of South Africa - particularly as all three nations have South Africa as a common market for their labour - prompts a closer look at their demographic characteristics, as these variables will undoubtedly have an important bearing on their respective socio-economic development in the future and on the general manpower situation in Southern Africa.

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