Gauteng population grows by 1 million since 2011

South Africa now has a total population of nearly 55 million people.

FILE: Pali Lehohla. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The latest population estimates released by Statistics South Africa have confirmed Gauteng as the fastest growing province in the country, with it also makes up around a quarter of the entire population.

Statistician general Pali Lehohla released the 2015 mid-year population estimates at a briefing in Pretoria today.

It has estimated that South Africa now has a population of nearly 55 million people.

Lehohla said Gauteng's population size has grown quite rapidly over the past four years.

He said that in 2011 the province's population was 12.2 million and it now sits at 13.2 million, representing an increase of another million people over a period of four years.