South Africa: Overview                                                   


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Capital

Pretoria

 

Government

Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (local, provincial, national)

 

Democracy

 

Population

About 49 million

 

Ethnic Groups

Black

79%

 

White

9.6%

 

Mixed

8.9%

 

Indian/Asian

2.5% 

Religion

Zion Christian

11.1%

 

Pentecostal/Charismatic

8.2%

 

Catholic

7.1%

 

Methodist

6.8%

 

Dutch Reformed

6.7%

 

Anglican

3.8%

 

Muslim

1.5%

 

Other Christian

36%

 

Other

2.3%

 

Unspecified

1.4%

 

None

15.1% 

Language

IsiZulu

23.8%

 

IsiXhosa

17.6%

 

Afrikaans

13.3%

 

Sepedi

9.4%

 

English

8.2%

 

Setswana

8.2%

 

Sesotho

7.9%

 

Xitsonga

4.4%

 

Other

7.2%