Country: South Africa

Number of People Groups

64

People Groups Unreached

8 (12.5%)

Total Population

54,825,000

Unreached Population

926,000 (1.7%)

% Professing Christian

77.4%

% Evangelical

19.30 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

94 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Professing
Christian
%
Evangelical
 Afrikaner 3,685,000 4,090,000 Afrikaans Christianity 89.00 % 21.00 %
 Americans, U.S. 11,000 188,897,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 28.00 %
Anglo-South African 1,246,000 1,340,000 English Christianity 85.00 % 18.00 %
 Arab, Egyptian 56,000 58,499,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 3.90 %
 Arab, Lebanese 5,200 11,260,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Bhojpuri Bihari 54,000 81,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism 5.00 % 0.50 %
Birwa 11,000 47,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 6.00 %
 British 251,000 51,663,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 %
 Chinese, general 5,600 8,449,000 English Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 %
 Coloured 5,227,000 6,277,000 Afrikaans Christianity 82.00 % 22.00 %
Coloured Creole 37,000 37,000 Oorlams Christianity 80.00 % 6.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown South African Sign Language Christianity 75.00 % 1.90 %
 Dutch 14,000 15,165,000 Dutch Non-Religious 46.00 % 4.50 %
 French 11,000 49,469,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Gemsbok Nama, Bushman 5,300 5,300 Khoekhoe Christianity 90.00 % 20.00 %
 German 14,000 64,480,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 %
 Greek 20,000 10,776,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Griqua 100 100 Xiri Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 %
 Gujarati 30,000 1,688,000 Gujarati Hinduism 3.00 % 0.40 %
Gypsy, English, Romanichal 9,100 174,000 Angloromani Christianity 65.00 % 3.00 %
 Hindi 432,000 1,401,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.60 %
Indian, English-Speaking 428,000 508,000 English Hinduism 10.00 % 1.00 %
 Italian 18,000 38,042,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 %
 Jew, English Speaking 73,000 6,095,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 %
Korana 10,000 10,000 Korana Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 %
 Korean 1,200 80,205,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 %
 Kung-Ekoka 3,900 19,000 Kung-Ekoka Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.20 %
 Kxoe, Khwe, Xun 1,300 9,200 Khwe Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 15.00 %
 Lembaa 1,281,000 1,412,000 Venda Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 16.00 %
 Makhuwa 16,000 4,073,000 Makhuwa Ethnic Religions 21.00 % 3.00 %
 Malay, Cape 299,000 299,000 Afrikaans Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Nama, Namaqua 69,000 286,000 Khoekhoe Christianity 70.00 % 14.00 %
 Ndebele, Southern 1,154,000 1,154,000 Ndebele Christianity 80.00 % 11.00 %
Nghuki 700 700 Nu Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 %
Nusan Nung, Ngamani 400 3,100 Xoo Ethnic Religions 14.00 % 2.00 %
 Nyanja, Chewa 214,000 12,863,000 Chichewa Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 %
 Pedi, North Sotho 4,931,000 5,128,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 82.00 % 11.00 %
 Portuguese 1,732,000 15,076,000 Portuguese Christianity 94.00 % 3.00 %
Ronga 1,200 1,064,000 Ronga Christianity 80.00 % 3.00 %
 Shona 21,000 1,167,000 Shona Christianity 65.00 % 12.00 %
 Somali 22,000 19,457,000 Somali Islam 0.50 % 0.40 %
 Sotho, Khutswe 563,000 563,000 Sotho, Northern Christianity 80.00 % 14.00 %
 Sotho, Southern 4,109,000 5,837,000 Sotho, Southern Christianity 82.00 % 19.00 %
 Swahili, Zanzibari 2,300 892,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
Swazi 1,380,000 2,556,000 Swati Christianity 75.00 % 15.00 %
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 30,000 7,260,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.00 % 1.50 %
 Telugu 4,600 770,000 Telugu Hinduism 7.00 % 7.00 %
 Tsonga, Shangaan 2,413,000 4,878,000 Tsonga Christianity 68.00 % 19.00 %
Tswa 23,000 1,739,000 Tswa Christianity 75.00 % 11.00 %
Tswana, Detribalized 268,000 378,000 Tswana Christianity 85.00 % 15.00 %
Tswana-Hurutshe 1,409,000 1,423,000 Tswana Christianity 70.00 % 20.00 %
Tswana-Kgatla 374,000 374,000 Tswana Christianity 68.00 % 16.00 %
Tswana-Kwena 53,000 269,000 Tswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 %
Tswana-Malete 54,000 93,000 Tswana Christianity 73.00 % 16.00 %
Tswana-Ngwaketse 160,000 376,000 Tswana Christianity 72.00 % 13.00 %
Tswana-Ngwato 54,000 499,000 Tswana Christianity 70.00 % 17.00 %
Tswana-Rolong 535,000 564,000 Tswana Christianity 78.00 % 13.00 %
Tswana-Tlhaping 374,000 374,000 Tswana Christianity 60.00 % 17.00 %
Tswana-Tlharu 428,000 428,000 Tswana Christianity 65.00 % 13.00 %
Tswana-Tlokwa 214,000 224,000 Tswana Christianity 55.00 % 14.00 %
 Urdu 14,000 1,751,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Xhosa 7,764,000 7,833,000 Xhosa Christianity 81.00 % 24.00 %
 Xhosa-Tembu 843,000 843,000 Xhosa Christianity 75.00 % 20.00 %
 Zulu 12,359,000 13,033,000 Zulu Christianity 81.00 % 26.00 %
  Totals:  64 54,825,000       8   77.44 % 19.30 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 154,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 54,979,000              
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RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.3 %)
77.4 %
Ethnic Religions
12.7 %
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
48.6 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
Protestant
26.9 %
Roman Catholic
21.9 %
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
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 64
Unreached People Groups 8  (12.5%)
Population 54,825,000
Population in Unreached 926,000  (1.7%)
Urbanization 64%
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Country Code SF
Official National Language English
Secondary National Language Afrikaans
Literacy Rate 94%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,290,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 77.4%
Percent Evangelical 19.3%
Country Progress Level 5
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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