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We have included a quick guide to the four most spoken languages in Johannesburg below.
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.
|1||IsiZulu||23.1%||1 024 445|
|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
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.
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