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African Population Studies
Union for African Population Studies
ISSN: 0850-5780
Vol. 28, No. 1s, 2014, pp. 648-660
Bioline Code: ep14018
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Population Studies, Vol. 28, No. 1s, 2014, pp. 648-660

 en The greying of a rainbow nation: Policy responses to the implications of population ageing in South Africa
Goodrick, Wade & Pelser, André


The South African population is set to experience significant ageing in the decades to come; reaching the stage of having a formally ‘aged’ or ‘old’ population by 2025. This looming yet profound demographic change is already impacting in certain sectors and will place numerous pressures on many socio-economic and developmental fronts, requiring the reconfiguration of the country’s development agenda, aims, programmes and policy. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, this paper explores the demographic nature and socio-economic challenges of the ageing transition in South Africa and suggests some guidelines to improve policy responses targeting the implications of ageing. The paper concludes that South Africa will face a plethora of implications and challenges associated with population ageing, and recommends that further impetus be focused on enhancing programmes that facilitate the awareness of ageing implications as well as the mainstreaming of ageing concerns in public policy. Furthermore, more progressive research on the potential implications of ageing in a South African context should be initiated.

Ageing; ageing transition; ageing policy; challenges and implications

Goodrick, Wade & Pelser, André


Dans les prochaines décennies, la population sud-africaine va vivre un vieillissement considérable. Ce changement démographique, menaçant et profond, s’établit déjà dans certains secteurs et mettra de possibles pressions au niveau socio-économique et sur l’agenda développemental du pays (incluant les objectifs, les programmes et les politiques publiques) qui devra donc être reconfiguré. En utilisant des informations qualitatives et quantitatives, cet article examine la nature démographique et les défis socioéconomiques de la transition démographique en Afrique du Sud, et suggère quelques directives afin d’améliorer les politiques publiques visant à pallier aux conséquences de ce vieillissement. En conclusion, cet article recommande ainsi que l’élan futur doit se concentrer sur l’amélioration des programmes facilitant la sensibilisation aux conséquences du vieillissement, mais aussi les prenant en compte dans les politiques publiques. En outre, des recherches plus progressistes doivent être initiées à ce sujet.

Mots Clés
vieillissement; transition démographique; politiques publiques de vieillissement; défis et conséquences

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