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South Africa
Total population:   54.0
GDP per capita (USD):   13046
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Total population (million): 54.0
Percentage 65 or older: 5.6
Dependency ratio (a): 53.9
Life expectancy at birth (years) - Men: 54.7
Life expectancy at birth (years) - Women: 58.8
Statutory pensionable age - Men: 60
Statutory pensionable age - Women: 60
GDP per capita (USD): 13046

SOURCES: The World Bank, World Development Indicators, available at http://databank.worldbank.org/data/reports.aspx?source=world-development-indicators; U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook, available at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/; the country summaries in the publication: ISSA; SSA. Social security programs throughout the world - Africa 2015 (Washington, DC and Geneva).

NOTES: The age shown in the table is the general pensionable age or the age that applies to the largest covered population. GDP = gross domestic product; PPP = purchasing power parity. GDP estimates are converted into international dollars using PPP rates. Indicators and statistics are compiled as part of the research carried out by the ISSA in co-operation with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) for the publication: ISSA; SSA. Social security programs throughout the world - Africa 2015 (Washington, DC and Geneva).

a. Population aged 14 or younger plus population aged 65 or older, divided by population aged 15-64.
b. General early pensionable age only; excludes early pensionable ages for specific groups of employees.
c. Regardless of age but subject to other requirements.
d. The country has no early pensionable age, has one only for specific groups, or information is not available.
e. The statutory old-age pension system has not yet been implemented.  

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Books, reports and articles

Social Protection Floors. Volume 1. Universal Schemes

Ortíz; Isabel; ; et al. ILO. 2016. 186

Progress towards universal health coverage in BRICS: translating economic growth into better health

In Bulletin of the World Health Organization , n° march
Rao; , Krishna; ; et al. 2014.

Special collection of articles on the BRICS and global health

In Bulletin of the World Health Organization , n° june
2014.

Delivering effective social assistance: Does politics matter?

Barrientos, Armando; Pellissery, Sony. ESID. 2012. 32 p.

Pensions, poverty and wellbeing: the impact of pensions in South Africa and Brazil, a comparative study

Barrientos; Armando; Lloyd-Shelock; Peter. HelpAge International. 2012. 8 p

Advancing social protection floors in Southern and Eastern Africa

In Newsletter , n° february , (20113)
2011.

Poverty transitions among older households in Brazil and South Africa

Mase ; J.; Barrientos; Armando. BWPI. 2011. 29 p.

African Poverty is Falling...Much Faster than You Think!

Sala-i-Martin, Xavier; Pinkovskiy, Maxim. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2010. 38 p.

Building Social Protection System in Southern Africa

Devereux, Stephen. European Report on Development (ERD). 2010. 19 p.

Fertility impact of social transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa – What about pensions?

Nordiska Afrikainstitutet Globalization; Holmqvist, Goran. Brooks World Poverty Institute. 2010. 21 p.
ISBN:978-1-907247-18-7

Growing older in Africa and Asia: Multicentre study on ageing, health and well-being

In Global Health Action , Supplement 2 , (2010)
World Health Organization, (WHO). 2010. 107 p.

Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database

Brooks World Poverty Institute; Maitrot, Mathilde; Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel; Barrientos, Armando. Chronic Poverty Research Centre. 2010. 137 p.

Trends in South African Income Distribution and Poverty since the Fall of Apartheid

Leibbrandt, Murray; Woolard, Ingrid; Finn, Arden; Argent, Jonathan. OECD. 2010. 91 p.

Supplement 2 - 2010

An INDEPTH WHO-SAGE collaboration

World Health Organization, (WHO). 2010. 107 p.

Atypical work and social protection in post-apartheid South Africa: preliminary thoughts about social policy imperative

Omomowo, Kolawole E. Promoting Resilience through Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa;European Report on Development (28-30 June 2010; Dakar, Senegal). 2010. 17 p.

Heading in many directions: Women, households and making a living in South Africa’s former homeland rural areas

Klerk (De), Henning. Promoting Resilience through Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa;European Report on Development (28-30 June 2010; Dakar, Senegal). 2010. 44 p.

The evolution and impact of social security in South Africa

Klasen, Stephan; Harttgen, Kenneth; Woolard, Ingrid. Promoting Resilience through Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa;European Report on Development (28-30 June 2010; Dakar, Senegal). 2010. 64 p.

The private affairs of public pensions in South Africa : debt, development and corporatization

Hendricks, Fred; United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, (UNRISD). UNRISD. 2008. 27p.

Websites

Disability and Development Database

Leonard Cheshire Disability. World Bank. 2012.

Health systems trust

Health Systems Trust.

ILO social security inquiry

Population data, Scheme information, Indicators

ILO. ILO.

NATLEX :Profils par pays

Bureau international du travail, (BIT). BIT.

NATLEX : Perfiles por país

Organización Internacional del Trabajo. OIT.