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Population of South Africa




Population of South Africa is mainly composed of three important factions, the mingled blood Coloureds, the unequivocal majority of Blacks and the small community of Whites.

Indians or Asians at 2.5% form a most important part of the South African population contributing to economy, politics and culture. Other Coloured communities excluding the Indian-Asian sections are 8.9% among the population of South Africa. But the most substantial section of the population of South Africa are the Black Africans who stand at an overwhelming 79.5% compared to the very minuscule percentage ofWhites, who are only 9.2% of the South African population.

Beyond the racial segregations the population in South Africa are divided into many linguistic and religious sects. The Black community includes the Nguni people, comprising the Swazi, Ndebele and of course the Zulu and Xhosa; the Venda; the Tsonga; and the Sotho-Tswana people, composed of the Northern Southern, and Western Sotho (Tswana). They speak nine of the eleven national languages of South Africa. The White population of South Africa speaks Afrikaans, apart from English and the languages of the country of their origin.

Religious affiliation of almost two-thirds of South Africans are mainly Protestant Christianity. Belong to a wide assortment of churches, many combining traditional African beliefs with Christianity they provide a unique insight into the minds of the South African population. Even many non-Christians embrace these traditional notions. Other important religions are Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.

Population of South Africa is thus hugely diversified, making its claim to "Unity in Diversity" ring true.


Last Updated on: October 24th, 2017