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South Africa Mortality and Causes of Death 2008


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2008: Findings from death notification
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1997 - 12/2008
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 total number of deaths by cause and number of deaths by sex, age group, province, and ten leading causes in 2008. 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, the number of deaths excludes stillbirths. It also contains number of deaths for 1997-2007, including late registrations. The report acknowledges the following limitations of the data: underreporting, incomplete information on notification forms, and certification errors. Apart from this report, Statistics South Africa offers microdata on Causes of Death for 2008.