Mortality and Causes of Death from Death Notification 1997-2005
Administrative Records, Health (ad/hea]
This dataset contains statistics on recorded deaths (death registrations) in South Africa from 1997 to 2005. This data comes from two sources: the death register and the medical certificate in respect of death. The staff of the registrar of death fills in the former while the medical practitioner attending to the death completes the latter. The forms are administered by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), but they are sent to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for processing. The registration of deaths is regulated by the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 51 of 1992. From the two forms sent to Stats SA, the following data items of the deceased are extracted: place of residence, place of death, date of death, month and year of registration, sex, marital status, occupation, underlying cause of death, whether or not the death was certified by a medical practitioner, whether or not the deceased died in a health institution or nursing home. From 1991 statistical information regarding recorded deaths obtained from the Department of Home Affairs did not include a population, and therefore this dataset includes death data for all population groups combined. Deaths were recorded according to the place of residence of the deceased. The tenth revision of the international classification of diseases (ICD-10) is used as the official coding system for publishing causes of death. From October 1992 unnatural (external) causes of death are stated as ‘unnatural’ only and are no longer specified in detail on the death register form of the Department of Home Affairs. However some physicians specify the cause of the unnatural death, and this is recorded in the data.
Kind of Data
Administrative records data [adm]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the survey were individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised data for licensed distribution
The data covers causes of death recorded in administrative records in South Africa from 1997 to 2005
morbidity and mortality [14.4]
The survey had national coverage
Geographic breakdown of the data is by province and magisterial district, as well as urban, non-urban area.
The data covers the death records of all South Africans
Producers and sponsors
Statistics South Africa
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Data on deaths is updated on a yearly basis to include additional death notification forms that are received by Stats SA after the publication of information for any
specific year of death. In this data set, a variable, "PUBLISHED", was created to provide information on deaths that were published in 2006 and those published in 2007. The deaths that were published in 2006 are given a value of 1 and those published in 2007 a value of 0.
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
Licensed dataset, accessible under conditions
Statistics South Africa. Mortality and Causes of Death from Death Notification, 1997-2005 [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa [producer], 2007. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2012.
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.