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Family Planning and Fertility in South Africa under Apartheid

04 June 2015
12:30 - 13:30


Johannes Norling
University of Michigan

Date:  Thursday, 4 June     


Time: 12:30  – 13:30


Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban


The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the apartheid government expanded direct provision of low-cost family planning services for black residents of white areas.  In the homelands, access to contraception remained more limited.  At the same time, black residents of South Africa experienced a substantial fertility transition, from more than six to fewer than four children per woman by the end of the twentieth century.  Fertility surveys conducted by the HSRC during and after the end of apartheid demonstrate that use of contraception by black women more than doubled and government provision of family planning services led to a 17 percent decline in fertility among black residents of white areas.  Over the following decades, monthly household income in adulthood rose substantially for children whose mothers had access to contraception.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

RSVP by 2 June
Cape Town: Carmen August (021) 466 7827,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria