South Africa Literacy Rate 1980-2020

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.
  • South Africa literacy rate for 2017 was 87.05%, a 7.32% decline from 2015.
  • South Africa literacy rate for 2015 was 94.37%, a 0.23% increase from 2014.
  • South Africa literacy rate for 2014 was 94.14%, a 0.41% increase from 2012.
  • South Africa literacy rate for 2012 was 93.73%, a 0.63% increase from 2011.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Azerbaijan 99.79%
Armenia 99.74%
Fiji 99.08%
Turkey 96.15%
Malaysia 95.08%
Mexico 94.97%
Peru 94.15%
Brazil 93.08%
Ecuador 92.83%
South Africa 87.05%
Iraq 85.60%
South Africa Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2017 87.05% -7.32%
2015 94.37% 0.23%
2014 94.14% 0.41%
2012 93.73% 0.63%
2011 93.10% 0.22%
2010 92.88% -0.02%
2009 92.89% 4.18%
2007 88.72% 6.32%
1996 82.40% 6.20%
1980 76.20% 6.20%