Filipinos in South Africa

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Filipinos in South Africa
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Gauteng - Pretoria, Johannesburg
Free State - Bloemfontein
Kwazulu-Natal - Newcastle
Tagalog, English
Roman Catholicism · Protestantism · Others
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in South Africa are either migrants or descendants of the Philippines living in South Africa. Roughly half of them live in Gauteng.[1]

Many Filipinos migrate to South Africa to work in the fishing industry,[2] in the health care industry,[3] as skilled workers, or as engineers.[1]

In August 2008, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs set up the Munting Paaralan school at the Philippine embassy in Pretoria, where fourteen children are enrolled for bimonthly classes.[4]

In 2011, Filipinos in South Africa sent over $6.1 million USD in remittances back to the Philippines, the largest amount from any African country in that year.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "No Filipinos reported hurt, killed in South Africa--DFA". Global Inruirer. 2008-05-23. Archived from the original on 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  2. ^ Balana, Cynthia (2008-02-06). "Filipinos warned about South Africa jobs". Global Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  3. ^ "Global OFW deployment approaches a million". DOLE News. 2005-02-18. Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  4. ^ "DFA puts up Filipino school in South Africa for Filipino children". Government of the Philippines. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2009-02-18.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Overseas Filipinos' Cash Remittances". Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2013.