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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Population statistics

Mid-1993 estimates of South Africa's population outside the TBVC are 32 589 000 of which 5.149-million are white, 3.402-million coloured, 1 022-million Asian and 23.016-million black.

Source: Demographic statistics 1993. Central Statistical Service.

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Bureau for Market Research estimates indicate the population will reach 47.5-million by 2000. Department of National Health figures for the number of children per woman in 1991 were: whites 1.7, Asians 2.3, coloureds 2.8 and blacks 4.7.

The population of South Africa including the TBVC homelands is some 39.54-million living in a country of about 1.22-million km2. Some demographic feature comparisons of "white" South Africa and the homelands are as follows:

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