SOUTH AFRICA: Lifestyle changes among South Africans have contributed to fewer marriages, particularly customary marriages, the SA Institute of Race Relations said today.
Between 2003 and 2010, the number of civil as well as customary marriages registered every year declined by eight percent, said researcher Thuthukani Ndebele.
Using figures from Stats SA, Ndebele said the decline in customary marriages was considerably more pronounced than that of civil marriages.
Customary marriages dropped by 42 percent from 17,283 registered in 2003 to 9,996 in 2010, while civil marriages decreased by four percent from 178,689 to 170,826.
He said the number of households was going up while the average household size was shrinking, which suggested that more people preferred to live on their own or with their unmarried partners.