Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) chose 11 July as the day to observe World Population Day.

The day aims to highlight the urgency and importance of population issues which we as humanity face and to find sustainable solutions. The theme this year is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”

World Population Day - Family Planning

Our population

According to Statistics South Africa’s annual community survey, the Western Cape’s population will increase by nearly 80 000 people by the end of 2017, which will add to last year’s total approximate figure of 6.2 million.

Family planning and contraceptives

Access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right and is a key factor in reducing poverty. We want to ensure that all residents of the Western Cape have access to family planning resources. If you want to avoid pregnancy and would like to find out more about family planning and contraceptives, visit your local clinic to speak to a nurse who'll advise you.

Food security

Food and nutrition affect the long-term wellbeing of our communities and children. We're working hard to improve the food security of our people and to ensure better access to nutritious food, particularly for poor households, through the formal and informal economy.

Each year, over 457 000 learners at 1 028 schools and 65 000 children at early childhood development facilities are fed. More than 20 000 vulnerable children and adults in the province receive specialised nutritional supplements to improve their health. Support has been provided to 103 community food gardens, 33 school food gardens, and 1 356 household food gardens for communities to grow their own food.

World Population Day - Food Security

Climate Change

Climate change has a huge impact on our water security which is further intensified by an increased demand by a growing population. We're experiencing one of our worst droughts in years, which has only highlighted the need for us to only use what we need. It’s important that we all do our part to save drinking water. Find out how we can save  water in our homes so that we have enough water available in our dams for everyone in our province.

Need advice?

Our Department of Social Development offers a wide range of services and opportunities to support you and your family’s needs.

The content on this page was last updated on 11 July 2017