Only 8% of SA households speak English

According to the latest General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Stats SA, only 8.4% of SA’s households speak English in their homes.

The survey, released on 21 June 2018, was conducted between January and December of 2017.

The most common language spoken inside the household was isiZulu (24.7%), followed by isiXhosa (15.6%) and Afrikaans (12.1%).

The English language, however, placed second at 17.6% of languages spoken outside the house.

The least common language spoken inside and outside the house was a grouping of Khoi, Nama and San languages.

Looking across the racial groupings, Black Africans spoke mostly isiZulu (30.5%), isiXhosa (19.2%) and Sepedi (12.1%); Coloured people spoke mostly Afrikaans (76.3%) and English (21.8%); Indians/Asians spoke mostly English (91.5%), and White people spoke mostly Afrikaans (57.9%) and English (39.2%).

Languages spoken in South African households

For more info, visit Stats SA.


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