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The three most spoken languages in Cape Town are Afrikaans (35%), isiXhosa (29%), and English (28%). The 2011 national census estimated the city's urban population at 3.7 million people.

English speakers account for only 9.8% of the South African population. When translating into Afrikaans and isiXhosa you will be reaching an additional 30% of people in their home language. This is approximately three times more South Africans countrywide.

We have included a quick guide to the four most spoken languages in Cape Town below. You can get more detailed information on all 11 official languages here.

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Census 2011: First language demographics Cape Town

 
 
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*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Municipal population 3 740 026
       
  Languages   Total population Cape Town
Afrikaans 34.9% 1 305 269
IsiXhosa 29.2% 1 092 088
English 27.8% 1 039 727
       
 

Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: IsiXhosa and Afrikaans

 
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*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Population 51.7 million
 
 
       
  Languages   Total population South Africa
IsiXhosa 16.3% 8 154 258
Afrikaans 13.7% 6 855 082
English 9.8% 4 892 623
       
 
Mobile learning resources in your language:
IsiZulu IsiXhosa Sesotho Setswana Tshivenḓa Xitsonga
Siswati IsiNdebele Sepedi / Sesotho sa Leboa Afrikaans
 
Language demographics for your city:
Johannesburg Tshwane/Pretoria Cape Town
 
Your province's first language demographics (%)*
Province (%) % SA% GP KZN WC EC MP LP FS NC NW
IsiZulu % 23 20 78   1 24 1 4 1 3
IsiXhosa % 16 7 3 25 79 1   8 5 6
Afrikaans % 14 12 2 50 11 7 3 13 54 9
English % 10 13 13 20 6 3 2 3 3 4
Sepedi % 9 11       9 53     2
Setswana % 8 9 1     2 2 5 33 63
Sesotho % 8 12 1 1 3 4 2 64 1 6
Xitsonga % 5 7       10 17     4
Siswati % 3 1       28 1      
Tshivenḓa % 2 2         17     1
IsiNdebele % 2 3 1     10 2   1 1
Other % 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2
Sign % 1   1   1     1    
 
*Statistics South Africa: Census in brief (2011) PDF
 
 
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