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What is the life expectancy in South Africa?

South Africa experienced both peaks of deaths in the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic within the 2021 Mid-year Population Estimates (MYPE) period between July 2020 and June 2021. This resulted in a significant increase in the crude death rate (CDR) from 8.7 deaths per 1,000 people in 2020 to 11.6 deaths per 1,000 people in 2021. The significant rise in deaths in 2021 (approximately 34%), meant a drop in the 2021 Life expectancy (LE) at birth for South Africa.

Life expectancy at birth for males declined from 62.4 in 2020 to 59.3 in 2021 (3.1 year drop) and from 68.4 in 2020 to 64.6 for females (3.8 year drop). 

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