Country: South Africa

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

8 (12.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

57,296,000

Population in Unreached

956,000 (1.7%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

77.5%

% Evangelical

19.20%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

2.2%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Afrikaner 3,818,000 4,282,000 Afrikaans Christianity 89.00 % 21.00 % -
 Americans, U.S. 11,000 190,342,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 28.00 % -
 Anglo-South African 1,291,000 1,415,000 English Christianity 85.00 % 18.00 % -
 Arab, Egyptian 58,000 63,343,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 5,400 11,742,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Bhojpuri Bihari 55,000 82,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Birwa 11,000 47,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 260,000 52,309,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
 Chinese, general 5,800 12,929,000 English Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Coloured 5,416,000 5,416,000 Afrikaans Christianity 82.00 % 22.00 % -
Coloured Creole 38,000 38,000 Oorlams Christianity 80.00 % 6.00 % -
 Deaf 430,000 46,464,000 South African Sign Language Christianity 75.24 % -
 Dutch 14,000 15,180,000 Dutch Non-Religious 46.00 % 4.50 % -
 French 11,000 49,965,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gemsbok Nama, Bushman 2,100 2,100 Khoekhoe Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 % -
 German 14,000 65,388,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 20,000 10,823,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Griqua 100 100 English Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 % -
 Gujarati 31,000 2,339,000 Gujarati Hinduism 3.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Hindi 448,000 1,449,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.60 % 9
Indian, English-Speaking 443,000 519,000 English Hinduism 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Italian 19,000 37,298,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, English Speaking 72,000 5,929,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
Korana 11,000 11,000 Language unknown Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 % -
 Korean 1,300 80,531,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 % -
 Kung-Ekoka 4,000 23,000 Kung-Ekoka Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.20 % -
 Kxoe, Xun 1,400 8,100 Khwedam Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 15.00 % -
 Lembaa 1,327,000 1,464,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 16.00 % -
 Makhuwa 17,000 4,357,000 Makhuwa Ethnic Religions 21.00 % 3.00 % -
 Malay, Cape 310,000 310,000 Afrikaans Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 6
Mauritian 40,000 1,074,000 Morisyen Hinduism 35.00 % 6.00 % -
 Nama, Khoekhoe 2,100 197,000 Khoekhoe Christianity 70.00 % 14.00 % -
 Ndebele, Southern 1,195,000 1,195,000 Ndebele Christianity 80.00 % 11.00 % -
Nghuki 700 700 Afrikaans Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 % -
Nusan Nung, Ngamani 400 3,100 Xoo Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 2.00 % -
 Nyanja, Chewa 3,100 12,850,000 Chichewa Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 % -
 Pedi, North Sotho 5,109,000 5,315,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 82.00 % 11.00 % -
 Portuguese 1,795,000 17,682,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 % -
Romani, Romanichal 9,500 175,000 Angloromani Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 % -
Ronga 1,200 634,000 Ronga Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 % -
Setswana 388,000 823,000 Setswana Christianity 68.00 % 16.00 % -
 Shona 22,000 1,223,000 Shona Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 % -
 Somali 23,000 22,706,000 Somali Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 1
 Sotho, Khutswe 584,000 584,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 % -
 Sotho, Southern 4,258,000 6,306,000 Sotho, Southern Christianity 82.00 % 19.00 % -
 Swahili 2,400 1,756,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Swazi 1,430,000 2,658,000 Swati Christianity 75.00 % 15.00 % -
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 31,000 2,704,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.00 % 1.50 % -
 Telugu 4,800 790,000 Telugu Hinduism 7.00 % 7.00 % -
 Tsonga, Shangaan 2,500,000 6,687,000 Tsonga Christianity 68.00 % 19.00 % -
Tswa 24,000 1,068,000 Tswa Christianity 75.00 % 11.00 % -
 Tswana, Detribalized 277,000 383,000 Setswana Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 % -
Tswana-Hurutshe 1,460,000 1,474,000 Setswana Christianity 70.00 % 20.00 % -
Tswana-Kwena 55,000 282,000 Setswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Malete 55,000 95,000 Setswana Christianity 73.00 % 16.00 % -
Tswana-Ngwaketse 166,000 383,000 Setswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Ngwato 56,000 573,000 Setswana Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 % -
Tswana-Rolong 554,000 583,000 Setswana Christianity 78.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Tlhaping 388,000 388,000 Setswana Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 % -
Tswana-Tlharu 443,000 443,000 Setswana Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 % -
Tswana-Tlokwa 222,000 232,000 Setswana Christianity 55.00 % 14.00 % -
 Urdu 14,000 1,821,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Xhosa 8,148,000 8,219,000 Xhosa Christianity 81.00 % 24.00 % -
 Xhosa-Tembu 873,000 873,000 Xhosa Christianity 75.00 % 20.00 % -
 Zulu 13,013,000 13,462,000 Zulu Christianity 81.00 % 26.00 % -
  Totals:  65 57,296,000       8   77.48 % 19.20 % 21 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 102,000                
  UN Country Population (2018) 57,398,000                

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% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   57,296,000 65 8 12.3 % 956,000 1.7 % 0
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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
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 2 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
Oorlams oor 1 0
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
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
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Venda ven 1 0 Complete Bible
Xhosa xho 2 0 Complete Bible
Xoo nmn 1 0
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 43 65 8   30 24 35 36 24

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.2 %)
77.5 %
Ethnic Religions
12.6 %
Hinduism
1.3 %
Islam
1.3 %
Non-Religious
1.3 %
Other / Small Religions
6.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.4 %
Independent
48.1 %
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.

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
Global Year Small
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
South Africa Statistics
People Groups 65
Unreached People Groups 8  (12.3%)
Population 57,296,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.8%
Population in Unreached 956,000  (1.7%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 21
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 77.5%
Percent Evangelical 19.2%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 65%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code SF
Official Language(s) EnglishAfrikaans
Literacy Rate 93%
Estimated Illiterate Population 4,011,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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