South African Culture

Naming

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  • Many South Africans of European ancestry name their children according to European tradition. The general structure of the name is the same as Australia, with the first and middle name preceding the surname (e.g. Sarah Amy CLOETE).
  • Those affiliated with the Zulu tribal group may have a patronymic in their name. For example, a son may have the prefix ‘ka’ attached to the father’s first name (e.g. ‘Shaka kaSenzangakhona’ would mean ‘Shaka [son of] Senzangakhona).
South Africa
  • Population
    54,300,704
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Isizulu [official] (22.7%)
    IsiZhosa [official] (16%)
    Afrikaans [official] (13.5%)
    English [official] (9.6%)
    Sepedi [official] (9.1%)
    Setswana [official] (8.0%)
    Sesotho [official] (7.6%)
    Xitsonga [official] (4.5%)
    siSwati [official] (2.5%)
    Tshivenda [official] (2.4%)
    isiNdebele [official] (2.1%)
    Other (2.1%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religion
    Protestant Christianity (36.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.1%)
    Other Christianity (36%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    Islam (1.5%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Unspecified (1.4%)
    [2001 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Black Africans (80.2%)
    White (8.4%)
    Coloured (8.8%)
    Indian/Asian (2.5%)
    [2014 est.]
    Note: Coloured is a term used in South Africa to refer to persons of mixed race ancestry
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 49
    Individualism 65
    Masculinity 63
    Uncertainty Avoidance 49
    Long Term Orientation 34
    Indulgence 63
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  • Australians with South African Ancestry
    118,960
South Africans in Australia
  • Population
    162,449
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Africa.
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Male (49.2%)
    Female (50.8%)
  • Religion
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Ancestry
    South African (38.6%)
    English (22.5%)
    Dutch (5.4%)
    Scottish (4.9%)
    Other (28.6%)
  • Languages
    English (74.7%)
    Afrikaans (21.6%)
    German (0.4%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (97.5%)
    Not well (1%)
  • Diaspora
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (24.2%)
    2001-2006 (24.2%)
    2007-2011 (27.2%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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