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South Africa Vital Registration - Causes of Death 1997-2005


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1997 - 12/2005
Data type
Vital registration:
  • Subnationally representative

This dataset covers 4,257,411 registered deaths in South Africa from 1997 to 2005. Individual level deaths are coded with 18 variables, including type of death (individual or stillborn), age, sex, place of death, province of residence, immediate cause of death, underlying cause of death, and other conditions leading to death. Values for smoking status and pregnancy status were often unspecified or unknown. The microdata is based on death notification forms received from the Department of Home Affairs.

Summary reports on Mortality and Causes of Death for 1997-2003, 2003-2004, and 2005 are also available from Statistics South Africa.