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The slogan 'Home for all' is associated with the Western Cape provincial government and the creation of a sustainable 'home for all' is the driving goal. In order to achieve this, however, it is crucial to examine the issues impacting on and impacted by the diverse population of the province.

The State of the Population in the Western Cape Province embraces a multi-sectoral approach to understanding these issues and demonstrates the critical interplay between population and sustainable development.

An overview of salient demographic features and a review of the policy frameworks that have influenced population and planning in the Western Cape set the context for a detailed analysis of the population data currently available. The analysis focuses on the levels and determinants of population vulnerability such as mortality, child maltreatment, levels of ageing, HIV/AIDS, non-citizen populations and risk factors in education, and draws attention to the implications for policy.

Written by researchers and academics with local and international experience in fields ranging from sociology, public health and medical demography to urban planning, education and psychology, the volume will be immensely valuable to policy-makers and planners. It is also hoped that Social Science and Development Studies students will find much to interrogate and will be inspired to contribute to future, more comprehensive works on population as new data becomes available.

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Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 260
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2226-8
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2226-7
Publish Year : 2008
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1. Western Cape: An overview
Cornie Groenewald

2. Population and planning in the Western Cape: A policy review
Shahid Solomon

3. Under five mortality in the Western Cape province
Nancy Stiegler

4. Adult mortality in the Western Cape: An example from Cape Town metro
Nesbert Zinyakatira

5. Levels, trends and determinants of child maltreatment in the Western Cape province
Andrew Dawes and Catherine L. Ward

6. Population ageing in the Western Cape province
Brbel Haldenwang

7. Foreign-born and non-citizen population in the Western Cape 1996-2006: A demographic overview Ravayi Marindo

8. Population, HIV/AIDS and the provision of health care in the Western Cape
Najma Shaikh

9. Population and education in the Western Cape
Jean Baxen

10. Population and development interrelationships: Global perspectives
Sam Gaisie

Ravayi Marindo and Siyanda Saki

Dr Ravayi Marindo trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She holds post doctoral fellowships with Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts and the Population Council, New York. An academic and researcher for more than 15 years, Ravayi joined the Department of Social Development in January 2007 as the manager of the Western Cape Provincial Population Unit. She is a published author of academic articles, short stories and poetry.

Professor Cornie Groenewald currently is Professor Emeritus, University of Stellenbosch and practising as a Social Consultant (Sociologist). From 1990 to 2005 he was Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University. He has taught at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the Universtity of the Western Cape, and Walter Sisulu University (Mthatha). His research areas include community development, HIV/AIDS (demographic and social impacts), population, career and life orientation, and leadership.

Professor Sam Gaisie is a Professor of Demography at the Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.

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