Sustainable Development Goals for South Africa

Child well-being

UNICEF’S commitment to data for children is guided by the fact that the SDGs impact every aspect of a child’s well-being. Our work is structured around 5 overarching areas of well-being for every child which are grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This human rights-based approach pursues a vision of realizing the rights of every child, especially the most disadvantaged and responds to the call to “leave no child behind”, so that the rights of every child, everywhere, will be fulfilled.

Share of countries assessed on progress towards global SDG targets, averaged across indicators grouped into five dimensions of children’s rights

Survive+thrive Survive+thrive

Learning Learning

Protection Protection

Environment Environment

Fair chance Fair chance

  • No data
  • Insufficient trend data
  • Acceleration needed
  • On track
  • Target met

Child-related SDG indicators

The 2030 Agenda includes 17 Global Goals addressing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attached to the Goals are 169 concrete targets measured by 232 specific indicators.

Provided below is a stocktaking of the country’s performance against the 44 child-related SDG indicators, grouping the results into five areas of child wellbeing to provide an overall assessment of child welfare. The countries are assessed using the global targets. They offer a powerful tool for quantifying the scale of the challenge posed by the SDG targets and identifying areas where the most effort is required to reach targets or improve monitoring.

Value
Latest year with data
Progress towards global target
  • No data
  • Insufficient trend data
  • Acceleration needed
  • On track
  • Target met

Note: This dashboard uses internationally comparable data from the global databases held on behalf of the international community by UNICEF and other United Nations agencies. While UNICEF is committed to the localization of SDG targets, global rather than national targets are used to gauge progress on the SDG indicators.  To read more about how the trajectories towards the global targets are assessed please read the methodology note.

Population overview

Understanding of a country’s population levels, trends and projections constitutes an essential ingredient in strategic planning, policy development and program implementation for addressing global challenges and emerging issues.

Total population: 59,309,000 (2021 projections)

Age (yrs)
Male
Female
0-4
5-9
10-14
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85-89
90-94
95-99
100+
579,597
565,035
591,054
577,753
565,567
554,489
504,104
497,484
492,603
487,169
519,248
512,055
542,429
533,986
494,832
489,729
393,267
397,627
322,770
338,190
264,651
287,440
211,978
242,112
164,505
202,342
120,359
161,750
74,761
111,436
43,474
74,655
20,207
41,975
6,384
16,422
1,066
3,526
72
284
2
9
2
1.5
1
0.5
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
Share of total population (%)

Source: United Nations Population Division, World Population Prospects 2019

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