Translation Services Cape Town

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 three most spoken languages in Cape Town below. You can get more detailed information on all 11 official languages on our home page.

  Language % Cape Town*
1 Afrikaans 34.9% 1 305 269
2 IsiXhosa 29.2% 1 092 088
3 English 27.8% 1 039 727
  Language % South Africa**
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

 

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