Languages & Reading

 

Summary of Afrikaans and English spoken as first language in South African provinces

 

Afrikaans

English

Spoken as 1st language in 2 provinces of South Africa and also spoken in 5 other provinces.

Spoken in 4 provinces of South Africa as 2nd or 3rd language.

Conclusion:

Afrikaans is spoken in 7 provinces in South Africa.

Conclusion:

English is spoken in 4 provinces in South Africa.

 

Source StatsSA 2017, 2019

 Two provinces in South Africa with poorest reading results

 

Province

Can read

Cannot Read

Struggles to read

North West Province

48%

38%

14%

Northern Cape Province

48%

34%

18%

 

Source StatsSA 2017, 2019  

 

Percentage of population aged 15 years and older with a level of education lower than Grade 7, by reading skills and provinces, 2017. Languages spoken in South African provinces, 2019

 

Province

Languages

Population

Area km²

Can read

Cannot read

Struggles to read

Northern Cape

 

Afrikaans 56,8%

Setswana 33,4%

 

1,225,600

 

Share SA 2,1%

 

372 889

 

48%

 

34%

 

18%

North West

 

Setswana 71,5%

Afrikaans 8,96%

 

3,979,000

 

Share SA 6,9%

 

104 882

 

48%

 

38%

 

14%

Western Cape

 

Afrikaans 46,6%

isiXhosa 31,1%

English 19,6%

 

6,621,000

 

Share SA 11,5%

 

129 462

 

78%

 

 

12%

 

10%

Eastern Cape

 

isiXhosa 82,7%

Afrikaans 10,3%

English 3,9%

 

6,522,700

 

Share SA 11,3%

 

168 966

 

58%

 

29%

 

13%

Free State

 

Sesotho 71,9%

Afrikaans 10%

isiXhosa 5,7%

 

2,954,300

 

Share SA 5,1%

 

129 825

 

61%

 

22%

 

17%

Gauteng

 

isiZulu 23%

English 11,3%

Afrikaans 10,3%

Sesotho 12,7%

 

14,717,000

 

Share SA 25,5%

 

18 178

 

69%

 

13%

 

18%

Kwa-Zulu Natal

 

isiZulu 82,5%

English 12,5%

Afrikaans 1,0%

 

11,384,700

 

Share SA 19,7%

 

94 361

 

61%

 

20%

 

19%

Limpopo

 

Sepedi 56,0%

Xitsonga 16,6%

Tshivenda 17,1%

 

5,797,300

 

Share SA 10%

 

125 755

 

45%

 

27%

 

28%

Mpumalanga

 

isiSwati 29,1%

isiZulu 28,8%

Xitsonga 9,6%

isiNdebele 10,1%

 

4,523,900

 

Share SA 7,8%

 

76 495

 

48%

 

26%

 

26%

 

Source StatsSA 2017, 2019