Country: South Africa

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

8 (12.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

59,193,000

Population in Unreached

983,000 (1.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

77.0%

% Evangelical

21.01%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 3,945,000 4,430,000 Afrikaans Christianity 89.00 % 23.25 % -
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 192,802,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 28.00 % -
 Anglo-South African 1,334,000 1,461,000 English Christianity 85.00 % 19.93 % -
 Arab, Egyptian 60,000 68,881,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 5,600 7,633,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Bhojpuri Bihari 57,000 84,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Birwa 11,000 146,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 269,000 53,901,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
 Chinese, general 357,000 15,378,000 English Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Coloured 5,278,000 5,278,000 Afrikaans Christianity 82.00 % 24.36 % -
Coloured Creole 40,000 40,000 Oorlams Christianity 80.00 % 6.00 % -
 Deaf 445,000 47,601,000 South African Sign Language Christianity 75.24 % -
 Dutch 30,000 15,345,000 Dutch Non-Religious 46.00 % 4.50 % -
 French 11,000 50,524,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 German 15,000 66,334,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 21,000 10,235,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Griqua 100 100 English Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 % -
 Gujarati 32,000 2,453,000 Gujarati Hinduism 3.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Hindi 463,000 1,490,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.60 % 9
Indian, English-speaking 458,000 534,000 English Hinduism 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Italian 20,000 38,274,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, English-speaking 70,000 6,251,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
Korana 11,000 11,000 Language unknown Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 % -
 Korean 1,300 80,920,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 % -
 Kung-Ekoka 4,100 23,000 Kung-Ekoka Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.20 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 1,400 8,000 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 15.00 % -
 Lembaa 1,371,000 1,470,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 17.72 % -
 Makhuwa 17,000 4,186,000 Makhuwa Ethnic Religions 21.00 % 3.00 % -
 Malay, Cape 321,000 321,000 Afrikaans Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 6
Mauritian 42,000 1,080,000 Morisyen Hinduism 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 Nama, Khoekhoe 2,100 352,000 Khoekhoe Christianity 70.00 % 14.00 % -
 Ndebele, Southern 1,235,000 1,235,000 Ndebele Christianity 80.00 % 12.18 % -
Nghuki 700 700 Afrikaans Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 % -
Nusan Nung, Ngamani 500 3,300 Xoo Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 2.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 3,200 12,490,000 Chichewa Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 5,279,000 5,475,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 82.00 % 12.18 % -
 Portuguese 1,854,000 19,277,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.32 % -
Romani, Romanichal 9,800 178,000 Angloromani Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 % -
Ronga 1,200 648,000 Ronga Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 % -
Setswana 401,000 839,000 Setswana Christianity 68.00 % 16.00 % -
 Shona 22,000 1,199,000 Shona Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 % -
 Somali 24,000 22,952,000 Somali Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Sotho, Khutswe 603,000 603,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 % -
 Sotho, Southern 4,399,000 6,160,000 Sotho, Southern Christianity 82.00 % 21.04 % -
 South Asian, Telugu-speaking 4,900 918,000 Telugu Hinduism 7.00 % 7.00 % -
 Swahili 2,500 1,833,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Swazi 1,478,000 2,512,000 Swati Christianity 75.00 % 16.61 % -
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 32,000 2,729,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.00 % 1.50 % -
 Tsonga, Shangaan 2,583,000 7,133,000 Tsonga Christianity 68.00 % 21.04 % -
Tswa 25,000 1,092,000 Tswa Christianity 75.00 % 11.00 % -
 Tswana, Detribalized 286,000 387,000 Setswana Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
Tswana-Hurutshe 1,508,000 1,522,000 Setswana Christianity 70.00 % 22.15 % -
Tswana-Kwena 57,000 285,000 Setswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Malete 57,000 97,000 Setswana Christianity 73.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Ngwaketse 172,000 390,000 Setswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Ngwato 57,000 577,000 Setswana Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Tswana-Rolong 572,000 602,000 Setswana Christianity 78.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Tlhaping 401,000 401,000 Setswana Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
Tswana-Tlharu 458,000 458,000 Setswana Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Tlokwa 229,000 239,000 Setswana Christianity 55.00 % 14.00 % -
 Urdu 15,000 1,930,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Vasekela Bushman, Maligo 3,700 19,000 Northwestern Kung Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 2.00 % -
 Xhosa 8,419,000 8,488,000 Xhosa Christianity 81.00 % 26.58 % -
 Xhosa-Tembu 902,000 902,000 Xhosa Christianity 75.00 % 20.00 % -
 Zulu 13,394,000 13,935,000 Zulu Christianity 81.00 % 28.79 % -
  Totals:  65 59,193,000         8 77.03 % 21.01 % 21 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 116,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 59,309,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Eastern Cape 7,087,000
Free State 2,871,000
Gauteng 13,572,000
KwaZulu-Natal 11,207,000
Limpopo 5,873,000
Mpumalanga 4,392,000
North West 3,796,000
Northern Cape 1,209,000
Western Cape 6,361,000
Provinces:  9 56,368,000
UN Country Population 59,309,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,717,000 486.1 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 1,294.0 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 347.6 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,522,000 193.5 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
59,193,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afrikaans afr 4 1 Complete Bible
Angloromani rme 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Bhojpuri bho 1 1 New Testament
Birwa brl 1 0 Translation Needed
Chichewa nya 1 0 Complete Bible
Dutch nld 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 7 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Gujarati guj 1 1 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Khoekhoe naq 1 0 Complete Bible
Khwedam xuu 1 0 Bible Portions
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kung-Ekoka knw 1 0 Bible Portions
Makhuwa vmw 1 0 Complete Bible
Morisyen mfe 1 0 New Testament
Ndebele nbl 1 0 Complete Bible
Northwestern Kung vaj 1 0 Translation Started
Oorlams oor 1 0 Translation Needed
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Ronga rng 1 0 Complete Bible
Setswana tsn 11 0 Complete Bible
Shona sna 1 0 Complete Bible
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Sotho, Northern nso 2 0 Complete Bible
Sotho, Southern sot 1 0 Complete Bible
South African Sign Language sfs 1 0 Translation Started
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Swati ssw 1 0 Complete Bible
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 1 0 Complete Bible
Tsonga tso 1 0 Complete Bible
Tswa tsc 1 0 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Venda ven 1 0 Complete Bible
Xhosa xho 2 0 Complete Bible
Xoo nmn 1 0 Translation Started
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 44 65 8   30 24 35 38 24

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.1 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.0 %)
77.0 %
Ethnic Religions
12.7 %
Hinduism
1.3 %
Islam
1.3 %
Non-Religious
1.6 %
Other / Small Religions
6.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.5 %
Independent
48.0 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
26.8 %
Roman Catholic
21.7 %
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 groups who live 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 number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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South Africa Statistics
People Groups 65
Unreached People Groups 8  (12.3%)
Population 59,193,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.8%
Population in Unreached 983,000  (1.7%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 77.0%
Percent Evangelical 21.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 21
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 66%
Continent Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window No
Country Code SF
Official Language(s) EnglishAfrikaans
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,144,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked

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