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South Africa Mortality and Causes of Death 2007


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2007: Findings from death notification
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1997 - 12/2007
Series or system 
South Africa Mortality and Causes of Death
Data type
Vital registration:
  • Subnationally representative

Mortality and causes of death in South Africa is an annual statistical release. It provides the total number of deaths by cause and number of deaths by sex, age group, province, and ten leading causes in 2007. The statistics are based on death notification forms received from the Department of Home Affairs. In the coding process, the underlying causes were determined by using the Automated Classification of Medical Entities (ACME) software program.

In this release, number of deaths excludes stillbirths. As stated in this report, the 2007 data have the following limitations: under-registration of rural areas and among children, misreporting of causes of death, and incompleteness of information on notification forms. Apart from this report, Statistics South Africa offers microdata on Causes of Death 2007.