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The historical evolution of demographic data compilation, evaluation and use in South Africa


  • Zanele Mfono


The compilation and evaluation of demographic data in South Africa have advanced over the years, despite a variety of socio-political constraints characterised by exclusions of entire population groups, poor cooperation in data compilation by individuals and inadequate institutional capacity for the compilation of data for the black population. Data compilation proceeded unevenly for the component racial population groups, and the use of demographic data was informed by separatist ideology. Supportive legislative measures were not responded to appropriately owing to political and social realities. The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 opened new vistas and challenges for developments, based on a new ideological orientation and the foundations that were put in place over the years. Research and monitoring of progress in this area are now mandatory.

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  • Zanele Mfono, 2001. "The historical evolution of demographic data compilation, evaluation and use in South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 525-535.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:18:y:2001:i:4:p:525-535
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350120083932

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