Afrikaans speaking population in South Africa

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Geographical distribution of Afrikaans in South Africa: proportion of the population that speaks Afrikaans at home.
Geographical distribution of Afrikaans in South Africa: density of Afrikaans home-language speakers.
Geographical distribution of Afrikaans in Namibia

South African census figures suggest a growing number of first language Afrikaans speakers in all nine provinces, a total of 6.85 million in 2011 compared to 5.98 million a decade earlier.[1] The 2001 Namibian census reported that 11.4% of Namibians had Afrikaans as their home language.

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) project that a growing majority will be Coloured Afrikaans speakers.[2] Afrikaans speakers enjoy higher employment rates than other South African language groups, despite half a million who are unemployed.[1]

2001 census[edit]

The number of Afrikaans speakers according to the census of 2001 in South Africa by district municipal boundaries were as follows:[3]

South Africa Total population Afrikaans % Afrikaans
NC081: Mier 6,836 6,772 99.06%
NC065: Hantam 19,812 19,596 98.91%
NC066: Karoo Hoogland 10,514 10,372 98.65%
NC074: Kareeberg 9,488 9,358 98.63%
NC064: Kamiesberg 10,744 10,587 98.54%
WC052: Prince Albert 10,517 10,347 98.38%
WC051: Laingsburg 6,681 6,562 98.22%
WCDMA01: West Coast 4,258 4,179 98.14%
WC041: Kannaland 23,970 23,499 98.04%
WCDMA04: South Cape 14597 14284 97.86%
NC084: Kheis 16,038 15,629 97.45%
NCDMA06: Namaqualand 814 789 96.93%
NCDMA07: Bo Karoo 3,165 3,067 96.90%
NC062: Nama Khoi 44,761 43,183 96.47%
WC042: Langeberg 44,104 42,220 95.73%
WC011: Matzikama 50,205 47,752 95.11%
NC076: Thembelihle 13,998 13,227 94.49%
WC013: Bergrivier 46,327 43,684 94.29%
NC077: Siyathemba 17,517 16,462 93.98%
WC012: Cederberg 39,328 36,405 92.57%
WC045: Oudtshoorn 84,685 77,953 92.05%
WC033: Cape Agulhas 26,176 24,043 91.85%
WCDMA05: Central Karoo 6,181 5,628 91.05%
EC107: Baviaans 15,337 13,927 90.81%
NC083: Khara Hais 73,774 66,532 90.18%
WC034: Swellendam 28,072 25,304 90.14%
ECDMA10: Aberdeen Plain 6,550 5,880 89.77%
NCDMA08: Benede Oranje 9,087 8,146 89.64%
WC015: Swartland 72,113 63,561 88.14%
NC067: Khai-Ma 11,349 9,948 87.66%
NC061: Richtersveld 10,126 8,829 87.19%
NC071: Ubuntu 16,377 14,035 85.70%
WC026: Breede River/Winelands 81,263 69,274 85.25%
WC053: Beaufort West 37,086 31,470 84.86%
WC022: Witzenberg 83,558 67,709 81.03%
NC078: Siyancuma 35,807 29,013 81.03%
WCDMA02: Breede River 6,492 5,241 80.73%
WC025: Breede Valley 146,026 117,581 80.52%
EC109: Kou-Kamma 34,296 27,573 80.40%
WC014: Saldanha Bay 70,435 56,401 80.08%
NC082: Kai !Garib 57,675 45,655 79.16%
EC101: Camdeboo 44,367 34,583 77.95%
WCDMA03: Overberg 256 199 77.73%
WC023: Drakenstein 194,421 149,066 76.67%
WC031: Theewaterskloof 93,268 71,507 76.67%
NC075: Renosterberg 9,072 6,782 74.76%
WC024: Stellenbosch 117,704 87,259 74.13%
WC043: Mossel Bay 71,494 52,335 73.20%
NC073: Emthanjeni 35,539 26,007 73.18%
EC103: Ikwezi 10,363 7,149 68.99%
WC044: George 135,415 90,866 67.10%
FS161: Letsemeng 42,988 28,256 65.73%
EC108: Kouga 70,689 45,887 64.91%
NCDMA09: Diamondfields 4,512 2,844 63.03%
WC032: Overstrand 55,725 34,616 62.12%
NC085: Tsantsabane 31,015 19,229 62.00%
NC086: Kgatelopele 15,442 9,408 60.92%
WC048: Knysna 51,472 28,448 55.27%
NC01B1: Gamagara 16,169 8,704 53.83%
NC091: Sol Plaatje 201,462 100,180 49.73%
WC047: Plettenberg Bay 29,184 14,369 49.24%
EC131: Inxuba Yethemba 60,294 27,409 45.46%
ECDMA14: Oviston 9 4 44.44%
NC092: Dikgatlong 35,773 15,197 42.48%
NC072: Umsombomvu 23,645 9,837 41.60%
City of Cape Town 2,893,251 1,198,990 41.44%
EC102: Blue Crane Route 35,008 14,168 40.47%
FS162: Kopanong 55,951 18,138 32.42%
NCDMACB1: Kalahari 6,232 1,967 31.56%
Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay Metro 1,005,776 298,790 29.71%
GT422: Midvaal 64,641 18,970 29.35%
NW402: Potchefstroom 128,357 36,580 28.50%
GT412: Randfontein 128,834 36,497 28.33%
NWDMA37: Pilansberg National Park 300 83 27.67%
NC093: Magareng 21,744 6,009 27.64%
GT02b1: Nokeng tsa Taemane 52,587 14,411 27.40%
EC144: Gariep 31,302 8,391 26.81%
NW392: Naledi 58,100 13,841 23.82%
EC106: Sundays River Valley 41,590 9,427 22.67%
CBLC7: Phokwane 61,323 13,706 22.35%
EC128: Nxuba 24,819 5,439 21.91%
Pretoria: City of Tshwane Metro 1,985,984 422,866 21.29%
FS182: Tokologo 32,464 6,235 19.21%
Klerksdorp 359,206 66,311 18.46%
NW396: Lekwa-Teemane 42,973 7,888 18.36%
FS204: Metsimaholo 115,963 20,083 17.32%
NP364: Mookgopong 30,770 5,248 17.06%
GT423: Lesedi 71,542 12,139 16.97%
NW374: Kgetlengrivier 36,476 6,179 16.94%
MP313: Middelburg 142,778 24,163 16.92%
NP361: Thabazimbi 63,918 10,784 16.87%
EC143: Maletswai 37,300 6,171 16.54%
GT411: Mogale City 289,720 47,826 16.51%
FS172: Mangaung 645,438 104,164 16.14%
CBLC2: Kungwini 107,314 16,346 15.23%
CBLC8: Merafong City 210,478 31,050 14.75%
MP312: Emalahleni 276,406 40,302 14.58%
EC104: Makana 74,529 10,285 13.80%
MP307: Highveld East 221,750 30,338 13.68%
FS203: Ngwathe 118,793 16,069 13.53%
NP365: Modimolle 72,799 9,813 13.48%
GT421: Emfuleni 658,425 88,000 13.37%
CBLC1: Ga-Segonyana 70,389 9,314 13.23%
FS201: Moqhaka 167,895 22,181 13.21%
NW401: Ventersdorp 43,082 5,626 13.06%
East Rand: Ekurhuleni Metro 2,480,282 321,103 12.95%
MP321: Thaba Chweu 81,236 9,960 12.26%
ECDMA13: Mountain Zebra National Park 75 9 12.00%
MP305: Lekwa Local Municipality 103,262 12,327 11.94%
KZ5a3: Matatiele Local Municipality 16,219 1,924 11.86%
NP366: Bela-Bela 52,127 6,142 11.78%
GTDMA41: West Rand 5,768 667 11.56%
FS184: Matjhabeng Local Municipality 408,170 47,052 11.53%
NW404: Maquassi Hills Local Municipality 69,034 7,678 11.12%
EC105: Ndlambe Local Municipality 55,476 6,038 10.88%
NW373: Rustenburg 395,539 42,720 10.80%
MP311: Delmas 56,203 6,016 10.70%
FS163: Mohokare Local Municipality 36,319 3,768 10.37%
FS192: Dihlabeng Local Municipality 128,915 13,339 10.35%
NW384: Ditsobotla Local Municipality 147,602 1,4643 9.92%
NW395: Molopo 11,690 1,128 9.65%
GT414: Westonaria 109,316 10,298 9.42%
MP302: Msukaligwa Local Municipality 124,813 11,721 9.39%
MP314: Emakhazeni 43,014 39,82 9.26%
FS173: Mantsopa Local Municipality 55,345 5,098 9.21%
NP362: Lephalale 96,106 8,749 9.10%
EC133: Inkwanca Local Municipality 20,242 1,760 8.69%
KZ5a4: Greater Kokstad Local Municipality 56,534 4,850 8.58%
FS171: Naledi Local Municipality 27,487 2,327 8.47%
NW372: Madibeng Local Municipality 338,266 27,711 8.19%
City of Johannesburg Metro 3,225,810 260,829 8.09%
MP306: Dipaleseng Local Municipality 38,618 3,101 8.03%
FS181: Masilonyana Local Municipality 64,407 5,144 7.99%
KZ253: Utrecht 32,271 2,567 7.95%
MP323: Umjindi Local Municipality 53,745 4,173 7.76%
EC132: Tsolwana Local Municipality 32,519 2,459 7.56%
FS205: Mafube Local Municipality 57,639 4,097 7.11%
NW393: Mamusa Local Municipality 48,364 3,436 7.10%
FS195: Phumelela Local Municipality 50,902 3,444 6.77%
NP334: Phalaborwa 131,087 8,857 6.76%
CBDMA4: Kruger Park 3,667 243 6.63%
KZ241: Endumeni Local Municipality 51,102 3,339 6.53%
MP304: Pixley Ka Seme 80,734 5,249 6.50%
EC125: Buffalo City 701,884 45,535 6.49%
NW382: Tswaing 114,143 7,344 6.43%
Golden Gate Highlands National Park 178 11 6.18%
NP354: Polokwane 508,271 30,652 6.03%
FS193: Nketoana Local Municipality 61,939 3,734 6.03%
FS191: Setsoto Local Municipality 123,184 6,741 5.47%
KZ282: Mhlathuze Local Municipality 289,186 15,599 5.39%
FS185: Nala Local Municipality 98,262 5,274 5.37%
NP341: Musina 39,313 2,094 5.33%
FS183: Tswelopele 53,714 2,713 5.05%
EC134: Lukanji 184,541 9,279 5.03%
NW385: Zeerust 137,439 6,325 4.60%
MP322: Mbombela 474,803 21,390 4.51%
Giants Castle GR 518 23 4.44%
KZ252: Newcastle 332,980 14,427 4.33%
EC127: Nkonkobe 128,662 5,301 4.12%
NP367: Mogalakwena 298,453 11,643 3.90%
KZ263: Abaqulusi 191,001 7,276 3.81%
Mkhomazi Wilderness Area 818 31 3.79%
KZ216: Hibiscus Coast 21,8175 7,743 3.55%
MP303: Mkhondo 142,882 4,598 3.22%
NW383: Mafikeng 259,478 7597 2.93%
KZ232: Emnambithi/Ladysmith 225,449 6,356 2.82%
NP04A1: Maruleng 94,385 2,581 2.73%
KZ275: Mtubatuba 35,209 880 2.50%
NW391: Kagisano 96,387 2,300 2.39%
NP344: Makhado 497,083 10,685 2.15%
EC142: Senqu 135,130 2,889 2.14%
KZ212: Umdoni 62,293 1,328 2.13%
EC123: Great Kei 44,459 921 2.07%
CBLC3: Greater Marble Hall 121,317 2,461 2.03%
KZ262: uPhongolo 119,773 2,364 1.97%
EC138: Sakhisizwe 54,031 971 1.80%
KZ225: Msunduzi 553,223 9,905 1.79%
NP333: Greater Tzaneen 375,581 6,720 1.79%
KZ234: Umtshezi 59,925 956 1.60%
NP353: Molemole 109,437 1,724 1.58%
MP301: Albert Luthuli 187,929 2,902 1.54%
KZ222: uMngeni 73,898 1,125 1.52%
EC124: Amahlathi 139,037 2,035 1.46%
FS194: Maluti a Phofung 360,775 5,209 1.44%
Durban: Ethekwini 3,090,117 44,438 1.44%
NW394: Greater Taung 182,167 2,308 1.27%
MP324: Nkomazi 334,418 4,204 1.26%
KZ245: Umvoti 92,296 1,098 1.19%
KZ292: KwaDukuza 158,586 1,812 1.14%
KZ273: The Big 5False Bay 31,104 353 1.13%
EC141: Elundini 137,574 1,449 1.05%
KZ261: eDumbe 82,233 865 1.05%
CBLC4: Greater Groblersdal 220,733 2250 1.02%
KZ291: eNdondakusuka 128,672 1,293 1.00%
NP332: Greater Letaba 220,121 2,091 0.95%
EC136: Emalahleni 115,938 1,078 0.93%
KZ235: Okhahlamba 137,524 1,254 0.91%
KZ223: Mooi Mpofana 36,826 327 0.89%
CBLC5: Greater Tubatse 270,125 2,396 0.89%
KZ285: Mthonjaneni 50,387 429 0.85%
KZ254: Dannhauser 102,774 854 0.83%
MPDMA32: Lowveld 503 4 0.80%
NW381: Setla-Kgobi 104,326 791 0.76%
NP03A3: Fetakgomo 92,083 669 0.73%
NW375: Moses Kotane 236,842 1,476 0.62%
KZ226: Mkhambathini 59,063 360 0.61%
KZ281: Mbonambi 106,930 644 0.60%
KZDMA27: St Lucia Park 5,083 29 0.57%
NP342: Mutale 78,921 422 0.53%
NW1a1: Moshaweng 84,113 416 0.49%
KZ284: uMlalazi 221,070 1,031 0.47%
KZ227: Richmond 63,222 276 0.44%
NP351: Blouberg 161,316 662 0.41%
KZ221: uMshwathi 108,024 370 0.34%
KZ214: uMuziwabantu 92,331 262 0.28%
EC126: Ngqushwa 84,229 237 0.28%
KZ272: Jozini 184,092 484 0.26%
EC157: King Sabata Dalindyebo 415,237 1,063 0.26%
KZ266: Ulundi 212,965 521 0.24%
KZ283: Ntambanana 84,767 189 0.22%
KZ5a2: Kwa Sani 15,296 34 0.22%
KZ5a5: Ubuhlebezwe 101,943 222 0.22%
KZ271: Umhlabuyalingana 140,964 301 0.21%
KZ211: Vulamehlo 83,041 175 0.21%
MP315: Thembisile 258,862 537 0.21%
NW371: Moretele 177,907 361 0.20%
EC154: Port St Johns 146,132 292 0.20%
NP331: Greater Giyani 237,425 463 0.20%
NP355: Lepele-Nkumpi 227,961 440 0.19%
EC156: Mhlontlo 196,677 376 0.19%
KZ294: Maphumulo 120,643 220 0.18%
EC05b1: Umzimkhulu 174,338 313 0.18%
KZ265: Nongoma 198,441 356 0.18%
KZ213: Umzumbe 193,762 345 0.18%
KZ293: Ndwedwe 152,479 253 0.17%
EC05b2: Umzimvubu 376,053 609 0.16%
KZ242: Nqutu 145,030 234 0.16%
KZ215: Ezingoleni 54,433 84 0.15%
EC122: Mnquma 287,765 440 0.15%
EC155: Nyandeni 281,244 427 0.15%
EC137: Engcobo 148,396 220 0.15%
EC121: Mbhashe 253,381 373 0.15%
KZ274: Hlabisa 176,879 257 0.15%
KZ286: Nkandla 133,598 194 0.15%
CBLC6: Bushbuckridge 499,701 695 0.14%
KZ224: Impendle 33,569 46 0.14%
EC135: Intsika Yethu 194,219 257 0.13%
MP316: Dr JS Moroka 243,304 294 0.12%
KZ5a1: Ingwe 107,560 127 0.12%
EC152: Ntabankulu 136,399 157 0.12%
EC151: Mbizana 245,415 274 0.11%
KZ236: Imbabazane 119,920 126 0.11%
KZ233: Indaka 113,655 119 0.10%
KZ244: Msinga 168,031 172 0.10%
NP352: Aganang 147,676 148 0.10%
EC153: Qaukeni 255,370 225 0.09%
NP343: Thulamela 584,560 496 0.08%
NP03A2: Makhuduthamaga 262,885 180 0.07%
Highmoor/Kamberg Park 9 0 0.00%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Antoinette Pienaar & Hanti Otto (30 October 2012). "Afrikaans groei, sê sensus (Afrikaans growing according to census)". Beeld. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Prince, Llewellyn (23 March 2013). "Afrikaans se môre is bruin (Afrikaans' tomorrow is coloured)". Rapport. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Statistics South Africa: 2001 Census