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Map of population density in South Africa
The South African population has nearly 50 million inhabitants in 2010.
It is unevenly distributed: most people live in the east.
Gauteng is the most populated region, followed by KwaZulu-Natal.
The arid partly explains the low densities in the north-west.
The census of 2010 allows for the racial makeup of the country:
- 79.4% of South Africans are black
- 9.2% White
- 8.8% metis
- 2.6% Indian
The black population is divided into different ethnic groups, the most important are the Zulu and Xhosa.
Concentrated in the east, it is nevertheless a minority in two provinces of Western Cape and Northern Cape.
In April 1994, four provinces and ten homelands, which were geographically and politically in South Africa have been dissolved to form nine new provinces included :
Provinces of South Africa
There are three official capitals :
- Administrative Pretoria.
- Legislative Cape.
- Judicial Bloemfontein.
South africa population by province :
Western Cape : Part of the former Western Cape Province .
5 356 000 inhabitants.
Northern Cape : North of the former Cape Province.
3 300 000 inhabitants.
Eastern Cape : Independent homelands of Transkei, Ciskei and southeast of the former Cape Province.
6 400 000 inhabitants.
KwaZulu-Natal : Natal and Zoulouland.
8 700 000 inhabitants.
Free State : Orange Free State and some homelands integrated.
2 700 000 hinhabitants.
North West : Former West Transvaal, Northern Cape Province and Bophuthatswana bantustan.
3 700 000 inhabitants.
Gauteng : Former Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging in the center of the Transvaal.
7 000 000 inhabitants.
Mpumalanga : Former Transvaal region of East.
3 000 000 inhabitants.
Limpopo : Former Transvaal region of North, called the Northern Province between 1995 and 2002.
5 300 000 inhabitants.
Johannesburg, the richest city in the country and home to the award, is generally regarded as its economic capital.
Cape Town 2 984 100 inhabitants
Durban : 2 531 300 inhabitants
Johannesburg : 1 975 500 inhabitants
Pretoria : 1 473 800 inhabitants
Soweto : 1 465 200 inhabitants
Port Elizabeth : 775 800 inhabitants
Benoni : 487 700 inhabitants
Vereeniging : 462 800 inhabitants
Pietermaritzburg : 457 700 inhabitants
East London : 423 500 inhabitants
Tembisa : 376 600 inhabitants
Bloemfontein : 349 000 inhabitants
Boksburg : 348 100 inhabitants
Vanderbijlpark : 338 000 inhabitants
Newcastle : 309 400 inhabitants
Krugersdorp : 272 400 inhabitants
Welkom : 246 100 inhabitants
Brakpan : 228 700 inhabitants
Carltonville :220 400 inhabitants
Springs : 214 600 inhabitants
Uitenhage : 198 800 inhabitants
Witbank : 198 500 inhabitants
Alberton : 197 400 inhabitants
Botshabelo : 185 900 inhabitants
Paarl : 173 400 inhabitants
Midrand : 168 700 inhabitants
Kimberley : 166 100 inhabitants
Upington : 50 000 inhabitants
For the location of these cities, you can consult the following map:
Map of South Africa
Northern Sotho, 9.4%
Southern Sotho: 7.7%
V. Breakdown of religions
In South Africa about 80% of the population follows the Christian religion.
Most Christians are Protestants.
There are a number of Christian churches in South Africa and almost 85% of people are members of the church.
- Christian: 80%
- Animist 18%
- Minorities Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities.
Zulu is the language most commonly practiced in South African homes (about one quarter of the population), followed by Xhosa (17.6%).
In third place comes the Afrikaans speakers with 14% of maternal but more than 30% of speaking a second language which puts it in second place.
However it suffered from competition from English which seems more useful.
The latter remains the language of business and communication.
Federal Official Languages: English and Afrikanns
Provincial official languages: Ndebele, Sotho (Northern), Sesotho (South Sotho), Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
There are 11 official languages spread across the 9 provinces.
Source : 2012