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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.
|1||Afrikaans||34.9%||1 305 269|
|2||IsiXhosa||29.2%||1 092 088|
|3||English||27.8%||1 039 727|
|1||IsiXhosa||16.3%||8 154 258|
|2||Afrikaans||13.7%||6 855 082|
|3||English||9.8%||4 892 623|
Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: IsiXhosa, Afrikaans and English
*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Cape Town population *Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Municipal population 3 740 026
**Statistics South Africa Census 2011: South African population 51.7 million
Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and home to the country’s Parliament buildings. Beyond its role as the country’s legislative capital, it is a vital nexus of commercial, academic and cultural exchange. Given South Africa’s enormous economic and political influence throughout Africa as a whole, this makes it not only a major productive hub for the country, but also a regional stepping stone.
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