Saturday, November 21, 2009

South Africa Life Expectancy Drops 12 Years Since 1990

Or to be precise according to wikipedia which cites the UN and CIA World Factbook, we place 178th out of 195 countries. It takes some doing. Doing nothing that is. Whereas most countries show improvements and life expectancy increases, we've slipped badly along with the likes of Zimbabwe which is bottom of the dungheap at 34 years.

In KZN life expectancy for males is 43. We're returning to pre-Van Riebeeck days when the population was kept low by the deficiency of silly white initiatives such as healthcare, education, law and order and technology. This is the natural course of action for Africa. It has always been so. We shouldn't ward it off and anyway, we can't, blacks are in charge.

To give you comparisons, the highest ranked country/region is Macau (China) at 84 years, Japan is second at 82, Australia (7th) 81, Canada (8th) at 81 and the US is 38th with 78 years.

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Johannesburg -
International comparisons show that the average South African will not live longer than 50 years, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) said.

According to its latest South Africa Survey, the country was one of only six out of a group of 37 developed and developing countries that had a decreasing life expectancy between 1990 and 2007.

"South Africa's life expectancy decreased from 62 years in 1990 to 50 years in 2007," the SAIRR said.

Only Zimbabwe had a worse trend for life expectancy, it said.

According to the survey, in 2009 average life expectancy at birth for South Africans was 51 years.

Between 2001 and 2006 the life expectancy was 51 years for males, and 55 years for females.

"This is expected to decrease between 2006 and 2011 to 48 years for males and 51 years for females," the SAIRR said.

KwaZulu-Natal had the lowest life expectancy at birth in 2009 at 43 years, followed by the Free State and Mpumalanga at 47 years each.

According to the survey, these three provinces also had some of the highest HIV prevalence rates at 16%, 14% and 14% respectively. - SAPA

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Some of you might recall the rumour in the late 90's when it was rumoured that Trevor Manual said that they would allow AIDS to ravage the population so that the ANC would not need to worry about having to pay pensions when people got older. He of course threatened to sue anyone who repeated it.

Anonymous said...

Some articles that also point this out.

http://news.iafrica.com/sa/1106301.htm

http://www.news24.com/Content/
SouthAfrica/News/1059/
f42a1a2a96084d228497288466a7fb95/
27-07-2004-07-40/Life_expectancy_
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A4

Anonymous said...

Shorter life = need to intensify the hustle for bribes and other criminal activities ?
So much to do - so little done.