This dataset contains statistics on deaths in South Africa in 2015. The registration of deaths in South Africa is regulated by the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 51 of 1992. The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is responsible for the registration of deaths in South Africa. The data is collected with two instruments: The death register (DHA-1663A) and the medical certificate in respect of death (DHS-1663B).The staff of the DHA Registrar of Deaths section fills in the former while the medical practitioner attending to the death completes the latter. Causes of death are coded by the Department of Home Affairs according to the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) ICD-10, as required by the World Health Organisation for their member countries. The data is used by the Department of Home Affairs to update the Population Register. The forms are sent to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for their use for statistical purposes. 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, and whether or not the deceased died in a health institution or nursing home. From 1991 death notifications do not require data on population group, and therefore this dataset includes death data for all population groups. This dataset excludes 2014 deaths that were not registered, and late registrations which would not have been available to Stats SA in time for the production of the dataset.
Kind of Data
Administrative records data [adm]
Unit of Analysis
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
This version (Version 1) of the dataset was downloaded from Statistics South Africa's website on the 1st of June 2017.
The study provides data on cause of death for deaths that occurred in South Africa in 2015 and were registered by the Department of Home Affairs. Other data collected on the deceased includes age, education, marital status, and place of birth and death.
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.
DDI Document ID
University of Cape Town
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 1.1 (June 2018)
Identical to DataFirst Version 1 (zaf-statssa-mcd-2015-v1), except for DDI and ID fields that were edited.