An estimated 60 million people lived in SA in 2021. A third of them (over 20 million) were children under 18 years.
This indicator shows the number and share of children in South Africa who live in the same household as both their biological parents; with their mother only; with their father only; or who do not live with either of their biological parents.
An orphan is defined as a child under the age of 18 years whose mother, father, or both biological parents have died (including those whose living status is reported as unknown, but excluding those whose living status is unspecified).
A maternal orphan is a child whose mother has died but whose father is alive, while a paternal orphan is a child whose father has died but whose mother is alive. Paternal orphans are more likely than maternal orphans to be living with their remaining parent.
A child-only household is defined as a household where all members are younger than 18 years. Less than 1% of children live in child-only households.