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The four most spoken languages in Johannesburg are isiZulu (23%), English (20%), Sesotho (10%), and Setswana (8%). The 2011 national census estimated the city's population at 4.4 million people.

English speakers account for only 9.8% of the South African population. When translating into isiZulu, Sesotho and Setswana you will be reaching an additional 39% of people in their home language. This is approximately four times more South Africans countrywide.

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

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Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: IsiZulu, Setswana and Sesotho

 

*Statistics South Africa Census 2011:Johannesburg population 4 434 827
       
  Languages   Total population Johannesburg
IsiZulu 23.1% 1 024 445
English 19.8% 878 096
Sesotho 9.5% 421 309
Setswana 7.6% 337 047
       
 
 
*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: South African population 51.7 million
       
  Languages   Total population South Africa
IsiZulu 23.2% 11 587 374
English 9.8% 4 892 623
Setswana 8.2% 4 067 248
Sesotho 7.7% 3 849 563
       
 
   
Mobile learning resources in your language:
IsiZulu IsiXhosa Sesotho Setswana Tshivenḓa Xitsonga
Siswati IsiNdebele Sepedi / Sesotho sa Leboa Afrikaans
   
Language demographics for your city:
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Makhado Mangaung Ekurhuleni
 
SA first language demographics by province (%)*
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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