South Africa - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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South Africa

POPULATION 43,647,658
CHRISTIAN 74.1 percent
TRADITIONAL 18.3 percent
MUSLIM 1.4 percent
HINDU 1.3 percent
JEWISH 0.2 percent
OTHER 4.7 percent

South Africa

Country Overview

Introduction

The Republic of South Africa, the most developed country in sub-Saharan Africa, lies at the extreme southern tip of the continent. Historically South Africa has had six major ethnic groups—Khoisan, Bantu-speaking Negroid, Nguni, descendants of European settlers, Coloured (people of mixed race), and Asian (largely of Indian origin). In addition, there are 11 official languages—Sedepi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, IsiXhosa, and isiZulu.

In the 1990s South Africa, the last white-ruled nation-state in Africa, shifted relatively peacefully from apartheid and the threat of civil war to a true democracy. Freedom is protected by the constitution and by a number of bodies designed to restrict the power of the government. The greatest challenges remaining in South Africa are to eliminate widespread unemployment, poverty, and HIV...

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