Population South Africa

The population in South Africa is very diverse. There are 43 million people: 33 million are black, 5 million are white, 4 million, coloured and 1 million are from Indian descent. The majority of the black population are found in the former ‘homelands’ and consist of Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho people. The white population mainly descend from colonial Europeans, who brought Western culture to this country. About 60% are originally of Dutch descent (‘Afrikaners’) and the rest are mainly of British descent. Black Africans mostly populate the provinces of Mpumalanga, Northern Province and Free State. People of British descent mainly live in the KwaZulu-Natal area and the Western and Eastern Cape provinces. The ‘coloureds’ are descendents from multiple population groups. Most of them live in the Northern and Western Cape provinces. The smallest population group is Asian. This group mainly consists of Indians, who once worked at sugar cane plantations. They mostly live in the KwaZulu-Natal area.

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