Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marches to handover memorandumamongst them is the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Durban, 18/07/2016.

HIV and Aids in South Africa

The story of HIV and Aids in South Africa is one of tragic arrogance, of a hopeful new democracy suddenly threatened from an unexpected direction, of activism and tenacity and, eventually, of one of the largest public health programmes in the world.

A child plays in a local restaurant in Vosloorus, a large township in Gauteng province. (Media Club South Africa)

South Africa’s population

South Africa has a population of 56.5-million people, according to 2017 estimates. The 2011 census puts it at 51.5-million – the fourth-largest population in Africa and the 25th-largest in the world. Black South Africans make up around 81% of the total, coloured people 9%, whites 8% and Indians 3%.

How big is South Africa?

South Africa is twice the size of France and five times as big as the UK. With an area of 1.2-million square kilometres, it dwarfs the nations of Europe – except Russia – but doesn’t stand up to the giants of Asia and the Americas.