In forensic science, investigators frequently have to deal with unidentified skeletonised remains. When conventional methods of identification are unsuccessful, forensic facial reconstruction (FFR) may be used, often as a last resort, to assist the process. FFR relies on the relationships between the facial features, subcutaneous soft tissues and underlying bony structure of the skull. The aim of this study was to develop soft tissue thickness (STT) values for South African black females for application to FFR, to compare these values to existing literature or databases and to add these values to existing population data. Computerised tomography scanning was used to determine average population-specific STT values at 28 facial landmarks of 154 black females. Descriptive statistics are provided for these STT values, which were also compared to those reported in three other comparable databases. Many of these STT values are significantly different from those reported for comparable groups, suggesting that individuals from different geographical areas have unique facial features thus requiring population-specific STT values. Repeatability tests indicated that most measurements could be recorded with a high degree of reliability.