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Recorded Live Births

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Recorded Live Births

The births and Deaths registration Amendment Act (Act No. 18 of 2010) regulates that registration of birth must be within 30 days after birth has occurred

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 27, 2018/ -- The Recorded live births, 2017 report released by Statistics South Africa today shows that a total of 989 318 births were registered in South Africa in 2017. This indicates an increase of 2,1% from the 969 415 birth registrations in  2016. Of the 989 318 births registered in 2017, 897 750 were current registrations (births that occurred in 2017) whereas 91 568 were late registrations (births that occurred in 2016 and earlier). A majority of the current births registrations were for male children (460 774) while 452 725 were for females, resulting in a sex ratio of 102. No comparable or reliable information on fathers could be provided due to a high proportion of births registered (61,7%) without details of fathers.

The most populous provinces Gauteng (239 457) and KwaZulu-Natal (197 913) had the highest number of total birth registrations. The lowest number of birth registrations were observed in Northern Cape (24 395) and Free State (50 130) which is also in line with the population sizes of the provinces.

The number and percentage distribution of registered births by age of the mother and status of registration for births that occurred in 2017 shows that of the 897 750 births that occurred and were registered in 2017, age group 30−34 years (95,5%) accounted for the highest proportion of current birth registrations, followed by 25−29 years (95,1%) and 35−39 years (94,7%). Current birth registrations for births that occurred in 2017 were lowest for age groups 10-14 years (39,9%) as well as age group 50-54 years (45,6%)

The births and Deaths registration Amendment Act (Act No. 18 of 2010) regulates that registration of birth must be within 30 days after birth has occurred. Of the 897 750 births which occurred in 2017, 78% were compliant   with regulation. North West was the leading province in terms of births registered within 30 days at 92% and the lowest was KwaZulu-Natal at 66%.    

The most popular first names recorded for males were Enzokuhle followed by Lethabo and Melokuhle. Amongst females, the first three most common first names were Enzokuhle, Melokuhle then Amahle. The most popular surname for both sexes was Dlamini (6243) followed by Nkosi (5735) and Ndlovu (5573).

The table below shows the distribution of the top ten baby first names, middle names and surnames in South Africa for the year 2017:

Rank

 

Male

   

Female

   

Both sexes

First name

Number

Middle

name

Number

First name

Number

Middle

name

Number

Surname

Number

1

Enzokuhle

2 832

Junior

9 196

Enzokuhle

2 587

 

Precious

5 355

Dlamini

6 243

2

Lethabo

2 824

Blessing

4 694

Melokuhle

2 456

 

Princess

3 925

Nkosi

5 735

3

Melokuhle

2 487

Gift

3 735

Amahle

2 260

 

Angel

3 351

Ndlovu

5 573

4

Lubanzi

2 293

Prince

2 941

Lethabo

2 243

 

Blessing

2 631

Khumalo

5 263

5

Amogelang

2 164

Innocent

1 763

Amogelang

2 089

 

Faith

2 259

Sithole

4 440

6

Siyabonga

2 147

Lubanzi

1 353

Omphile

2 078

 

Hope

2 215

Mokoena

3 871

7

Bandile

1 976

Bandile

1 277

Lesedi

2 059

 

Grace

1 456

Mkhize

3 681

8

Junior

1 969

Enzokuhle

1 173

Rethabile

2 045

 

Pretty

1 361

Mahlangu

3 354

9

Bokamoso

1 877

Melokuhle

1 155

Luthando

1 919

 

Amahle

1 311

Ngcobo

3 310

10

Mpho

1 818

Siyabonga

1 147

Thandolwethu

1 784

 

Luthando

1 278

Mthembu

3 289

Recorded live births report is based on the birth registration records from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The report covers current birth registrations and occurrences of live births for 2017 recorded for a period of 14 months (from January 2017 up until February 2018). 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information

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