August 2018

The August edition - South Africa’s family fabric – presents key population and household data. The number of civil marriages declined by 21.9% between 2003 and 2016, while customary marriages dropped by 77%.

Divorces declined by 19.8% — divorces between couples who have children generally outnumber those of couples with no children. The largest single proportion (39.4%) of households are nuclear — that is, with one or both parents and their children. Almost two thirds of all children live in extended households (those in which a couple and their children live with relatives).

Some 40.8% of all children live with their mother only, 34.9% with both parents, 21.3% with neither parent and just 3% with their father only.

The Fast Stats pages, with financial and other statistics, are included.