Country: South Africa

Number of People Groups

62

People Groups Unreached

7

Total Population

52,713,000

Unreached Population

872,000

% Christian Adherent

77.6%

% Evangelical

19.5 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Afrikaner 3,344,000 Afrikaans Christianity 89.0 % 21.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 10,000 English Christianity 77.0 % 28.0 %
Anglo-South African 1,198,000 English Christianity 85.0 % 18.0 %
 Arab, Egyptian 54,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.0 % 3.9 %
 Arab, Lebanese 5,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.0 % 0.5 %
 Bhojpuri Bihari 52,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism 5.0 % 0.5 %
Birwa 10,000 Birwa E Ethnic Religions 34.0 % 6.0 %
 British 241,000 English Christianity 60.0 % 8.8 %
 Chinese, general 5,400 English Non-Religious 8.0 % 5.7 %
 Coloured 4,898,000 Afrikaans Christianity 82.0 % 22.0 %
Coloured Creole 36,000 Oorlams Christianity 80.0 % 6.0 %
 Deaf Unknown South African Sign Language Christianity 75.0 % 1.9 %
 Dutch 13,000 Dutch Non-Religious 46.0 % 4.5 %
 French 10,000 French Christianity 61.0 % 1.0 %
Gemsbok Nama, Bushman 5,100 Nama Christianity 90.0 % 20.0 %
 German 13,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.0 % 2.1 %
 Greek 19,000 Greek Christianity 91.0 % 0.4 %
 Griqua 100 Xiri Christianity 100.0 % 10.0 %
 Gujarati 29,000 Gujarati Hinduism 3.0 % 0.4 %
Gypsy, English, Romanichal 8,800 Angloromani Christianity 65.0 % 3.0 %
 Hindi 415,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.0 % 0.6 %
Indian, English-Speaking 411,000 English Hinduism 10.0 % 1.0 %
 Italian 18,000 Italian Christianity 82.0 % 1.1 %
 Jew 73,000 English E Ethnic Religions 0.5 % 0.1 %
 Korean 1,200 Korean Christianity 31.0 % 16.8 %
 Kung-Ekoka 4,200 Kung-Ekoka E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 0.2 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 1,300 Khwe E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 15.0 %
 Makhuwa 16,000 Makhuwa E Ethnic Religions 21.0 % 3.0 %
 Malay, Cape 288,000 Afrikaans Islam 0.5 % 0.2 %
 Nama, Namaqua 66,000 Nama Christianity 70.0 % 14.0 %
 Ndebele, Southern 711,000 Ndebele Christianity 80.0 % 11.0 %
Nghuki 600 Nu Christianity 90.0 % 2.0 %
Nusan Nung, Ngamani 400 Xoo E Ethnic Religions 14.0 % 2.0 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 206,000 Chichewa Christianity 65.0 % 13.0 %
 Pedi, North Sotho 4,013,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 82.0 % 20.0 %
 Portuguese 1,665,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.0 % 3.0 %
Ronga 1,100 Ronga Christianity 80.0 % 3.0 %
 Shona 20,000 Shona Christianity 65.0 % 12.0 %
 Sotho, Eastern 542,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 80.0 % 14.0 %
 Sotho, Southern 4,723,000 Sotho, Southern Christianity 82.0 % 19.0 %
 Swahili, Zanzibari 2,200 Swahili Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Swazi 1,298,000 Swati Christianity 75.0 % 15.0 %
 Tamil 29,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.0 % 1.5 %
 Telugu 4,400 Telugu Hinduism 7.0 % 7.0 %
 Tsonga, Shangaan 2,154,000 Tsonga Christianity 68.0 % 19.0 %
Tswa 22,000 Tswa Christianity 75.0 % 11.0 %
Tswana, Detribalized 257,000 Tswana Christianity 85.0 % 15.0 %
Tswana-Hurutshe 1,354,000 Tswana Christianity 70.0 % 20.0 %
Tswana-Kgatla 360,000 Tswana Christianity 68.0 % 16.0 %
Tswana-Kwena 51,000 Tswana Christianity 72.0 % 13.0 %
Tswana-Malete 52,000 Tswana Christianity 73.0 % 16.0 %
Tswana-Ngwaketse 154,000 Tswana Christianity 72.0 % 13.0 %
Tswana-Ngwato 52,000 Tswana Christianity 70.0 % 17.0 %
Tswana-Rolong 514,000 Tswana Christianity 78.0 % 13.0 %
Tswana-Tlhaping 360,000 Tswana Christianity 60.0 % 17.0 %
Tswana-Tlharu 412,000 Tswana Christianity 65.0 % 13.0 %
Tswana-Tlokwa 206,000 Tswana Christianity 55.0 % 14.0 %
 Urdu 13,000 Urdu Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Venda 1,092,000 Venda E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 16.0 %
 Xhosa 8,941,000 Xhosa Christianity 81.0 % 22.0 %
 Xhosa-Tembu 810,000 Xhosa Christianity 75.0 % 20.0 %
 Zulu 11,449,000 Zulu Christianity 81.0 % 24.0 %
  Totals:  62 52,713,000 7     77.6 % 19.5 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.5 %)
77.6 %
Ethnic Religions
12.4 %
Hinduism
1.3 %
Islam
1.3 %
Non-Religious
1.3 %
Other / Small Religions
6.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.2 %
Independent
51.0 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
26.8 %
Roman Catholic
21.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in South Africa. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in South Africa
  • Christian ministry in South Africa
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in South Africa or East and Southern Africa. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
In South Africa Size
Advent Christian General Conference, World Missions Medium
Africa Inland Mission, International Medium
Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission Small
African Enterprise Medium
African Leadership Small
American Baptist Churches of the USA, Int'l Ministries Medium
Baptist International Outreach Medium
Biblical Ministries Worldwide Medium
Calvary International Medium
Calvary Ministries Medium
Christ Community Church Medium
Christian Church of North America - Missions Small
Church Resource Ministries Medium
CityTeam Ministries Small
CrossWorld Medium
Dorothea Mission Medium
Dutch Reformed Church - Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Medium
Emmanuel International Mission Small
Evangelical Baptist Missions Medium
Experience Mission Medium
Foursquare Missions International Medium
Global Outreach Mission Medium
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Globe International Medium
Gospel Fellowship Association Medium
Gospel Furthering Fellowship Small
Hope for the Hungry Medium
In Touch Mission International Medium
International Board of Jewish Missions Small
International Christian Ministries Medium
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Medium
Into All The World Small
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Jews for Jesus Medium
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention Medium
Mission to the World Medium
Missionary Ventures International Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
Reformed Church in America Medium
SIM International Large
Tear Netherlands Small
Teen Missions International Medium
The Leprosy Mission Medium
Things To Come Mission Medium
Walk Thru the Bible Ministries Medium
White Fields Medium
World Missions Far Corners Incorporated Large
World Partners USA Medium
World Relief USA Medium
In East and Southern Africa Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Action International Ministries Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions Medium
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Friends in Action, International Small
Galcom International Small
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Good News Productions Medium
Heart of God Ministries Medium
InterComm Small
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Middle East Media Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Overland Missions Small
Pentecostal Church of God World Missions Small
Scripture Union Medium
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Talking Bibles International Small
Team Expansion Medium
Tentmakers International Small
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
United World Mission Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large

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