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English is spoken as a first language by a sixth of the people living in Pretoria. The three most spoken languages are Northern Sotho / Sepedi 19%, Afrikaans 18% and Setswana 15%. Other languages of note are Xitsonga and isiZulu at 8% respectively. IsiNdebele and Sesotho speakers also account for 5% each. In 2011, the national census estimated the city's urban population at just under 3 million people.
English speakers account for only 9.8% of the South African population. When translating into Northern Sotho (Sepedi), Afrikaans, and Setswana you will be reaching an additional 31% of people in their home language. This is approximately three times more South Africans countrywide.
Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and the City of Tshwane, the fifth largest municipality with a population of 2.9 million. This makes it one of the most important cities in South Africa, itself the 25th most populous country in the world. South Africa is a partner in the influential BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) alliance and the major political, economic and developmental force on the African continent. Despite being only the fourth largest city in South Africa, much of the country’s educational, scientific and diplomatic infrastructure resides in Pretoria, lending the city an outsize influence both domestically and in regional and international affairs.
|1||Afrikaans||13.7%||6 855 082|
|2||English||9.8%||4 892 623|
||Sepedi||9.3%||4 618 576|
|4||Setswana||8.2%||4 067 248|
Census 2011: First language demographics South Africa: Afrikaans, Sepedi (Northern Sotho) and Setswana
*Statistics South Africa Census 2011: City of Tshwane population 2.9 million
**Statistics South Africa Census 2011: South African population 51.7 million
Data Statistics South Africa: Statistics by Place: City of Tshwane Municipality