City of Johannesburg Translation Services

We are a well-established translation service provider offering all-round translation support. With a long history of quality delivery to international medical, environmental and nonprofit organisations, we have built a reputation for flawless technical translations. For more information on what we do and our past and present clients, or for an assessment and quotation, head to our home page.

We have included a quick guide to the four most spoken languages in Johannesburg below.

 Reach five times more South Africans in Johannesburg

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.

 Reach ten times more South Africans nationwide

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.

 City of Johannesburg in context

South Africa is a major economic and cultural hub for the entire African continent. It has the 25th largest population in the world, with two-thirds of this population living in cities. While Pretoria (Tshwane) and Cape Town are the administrative and legislative capitals, Johannesburg is the country’s industrial and commercial centre of gravity. Along with Cape Town, Johannesburg is also where most of the country’s educational and cultural production is concentrated.

  Language % Johannesburg*
1 IsiZulu 23.1% 1 024 445
2 English 19.8% 878 096
3 Sesotho 9.5% 421 309
4 Setswana 7.6% 337 047
  Language % South Africa**
1 IsiZulu 23.2% 11 587 374
2 English 9.8% 4 892 623
3 Setswana 8.2% 4 067 248
4 Sesotho 7.7% 3 849 563

Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: IsiZulu, English, Setswana and Sesotho
*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: Johannesburg population 4 434 827
**Statistics South Africa Census 2011: South African population 51.7 million

Statistics South Africa: Census in brief (2011) PDF