Marriages on the decline in South Africa. According to the latest report from Stats SA Marriage and Divorce 2021, only 106,499 marriages took place in 2021, compared to 161,112 in 2012. This marks a significant decline in the number of marriages in the country over the past decade.
The report also reveals that civil marriages accounted for the majority of marriages in 2021, with 106,499 taking place. Civil unions accounted for 2,240 marriages, while customary marriages accounted for 2,676.
This decline in the number of marriages in South Africa is a concerning trend, and there are several possible reasons for it. One possible explanation is the changing attitudes towards marriage and relationships among South Africans.
In the past, marriage was seen as a significant milestone in a person’s life and an essential part of building a family and a stable future. However, with the rise of individualism and changing social norms, many young South Africans are choosing to delay marriage or forgo it altogether.
Another possible reason for the decline in marriages is the economic challenges facing many South Africans. With high unemployment rates and an uncertain economic outlook, many young people are struggling to establish themselves financially and may be hesitant to commit to marriage until they feel more financially secure.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on the number of marriages taking place in South Africa. With restrictions on gatherings and events, many couples have had to postpone or cancel their wedding plans, leading to a further decline in the number of marriages.
Whatever the reasons for the decline in marriages in South Africa, it is clear that this trend has important implications for the future of the country. Marriage is a crucial institution in any society, and a decline in marriages could have significant social and economic consequences.
For example, a decline in marriages could lead to a decline in the number of children being born, which could have implications for the future workforce and the country’s economic growth. It could also have implications for social cohesion and family stability, as marriages are a crucial building block of families and communities.
As South Africans, we need to take this trend seriously and consider the implications for our society’s future. We need to understand the reasons behind the decline in marriages and work towards solutions that promote healthy relationships, strong families, and social cohesion.
This may involve addressing the economic challenges facing young South Africans, providing better support and resources for families, and promoting positive attitudes towards marriage and relationships. By doing so, we can ensure that marriage remains a vital institution in South African society and that our future generations can thrive and succeed.
SOURCE: STATS SA