Country: South Africa

Number of People Groups

65

People Groups Unreached

8 (12.3%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

60,881,000

Population in Unreached

991,000 (1.6%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

77.06%

% Evangelical

21.02%

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 4,058,000 4,760,000 Afrikaans Christianity 89.00 % 23.25 % -
 Americans, U.S. 12,000 197,948,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 28.00 % -
 Anglo-South African 1,372,000 1,506,000 English Christianity 85.00 % 19.93 % -
 Arab, Egyptian 62,000 78,032,000 Arabic, Egyptian Islam 13.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 5,800 6,275,000 Arabic, Levantine Islam 32.00 % 0.50 % -
 Bhojpuri Bihari 59,000 87,000 Bhojpuri Hinduism 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
Birwa 12,000 167,000 Birwa Ethnic Religions 34.00 % 6.00 % -
 British 276,000 54,161,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.80 % -
 Chinese, general 368,000 15,947,000 English Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Coloured 5,430,000 5,430,000 Afrikaans Christianity 82.00 % 24.36 % -
Coloured Creole 41,000 41,000 Oorlams Christianity 80.00 % 6.00 % -
 Deaf 458,000 50,266,000 South African Sign Language Christianity 75.24 % -
 Dutch 31,000 13,875,000 Dutch Non-Religious 46.00 % 4.50 % -
 French 12,000 50,635,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 German 15,000 67,020,000 German, Standard Christianity 64.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 22,000 10,384,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Griqua 100 100 English Christianity 100.00 % 10.00 % -
 Gujarati 33,000 3,518,000 Gujarati Hinduism 3.00 % 0.40 % 1
 Hindi 476,000 2,758,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.60 % 10
 Indian, English-speaking 471,000 550,000 English Hinduism 10.00 % 1.00 % -
 Italian 20,000 37,639,000 Italian Christianity 82.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jewish, English-speaking 52,000 5,431,000 English Ethnic Religions 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
Korana 11,000 11,000 Language unknown Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 % -
 Korean 1,400 81,945,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.80 % -
 Kung-Ekoka 4,300 25,000 Kung-Ekoka Ethnic Religions 8.00 % 0.20 % -
  Totals:  65 60,881,000         8 77.06 % 21.02 % 23 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 139,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 61,020,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Eastern Cape 7,578,000
Free State 3,070,000
Gauteng 14,513,000
KwaZulu-Natal 11,984,000
Limpopo 6,281,000
Mpumalanga 4,696,000
North West 4,059,000
Northern Cape 1,293,000
Western Cape 6,802,000
Provinces:  9 60,276,000
UN Country Population 61,020,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Afrikaans afr 4 1 Complete Bible
Angloromani rme 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Egyptian arz 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Levantine apc 1 0 Bible Portions
Bhojpuri bho 1 1 New Testament
Birwa brl 1 0 Translation Started
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 (South Africa) 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 Bible Portions
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Swati ssw 1 0 Complete Bible
Taa nmn 1 0 Translation Started
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
Zulu zul 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 44 65 8   35 26 35 39 26
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  • 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
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  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
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  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

South Africa Statistics
People Groups 65
Unreached People Groups 8  (12.3%)
Population 60,881,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 0.8%
Population in Unreached 991,000  (1.6%)
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 77.1%
Percent Evangelical 21.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 2.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 23
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 87%
Estimated Illiterate Population 7,915,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked



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