South African Culture

Naming

  • 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).
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South Africa
  • Population
    54,300,704
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    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.]
  • Ethnicity
    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
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    63
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    34
    63
  • Australians with South African Ancestry
    118,960 [Census, 2016]
South Africans in Australia
  • Population
    162,449
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Africa.
  • Median Age
    42 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (49.2%)
    Female (50.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    No Religion (19.9%)
    Anglican Christianity (12.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (12.2%)
    Christianity [not defined] (10.6%)
    Judaism (7.4%)
    Other Religion (32.7%)
    Not Stated (4.0%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    South African (32.0%)
    English (23.9%)
    Dutch (6.7%)
    Scottish (6.2%)
    Other (31.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (72.7%)
    Afrikaans (23.6%)
    German (0.5%)
    Other (2.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 98.7% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (26.5%)
    Western Australia (25.2%)
    Queensland (24.7%)
    Victoria (16.7%)
    Other (6.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (59.7%)
    2007 - 2011 (24.7%)
    2012 - 2016 (13.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
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