South africa

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We're not called the rainbow nation for nothing. South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones besides. English is the most commonly spoken language in official andcommercial public life – but only the sixth most spoken home language.

The country's democratic constitution, which came into effect on 4 February 1997, recognises 11 official languages, to which thestate guarantees equal status.

|SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES 2001 |
|Language |Numberof speakers* |% of total |
|Afrikaans |5 983 420 |13.35% ||English |3 673 206 |8.2% |
|IsiNdebele |711 825|1.59% |
|IsiXhosa |7 907 149 |17.64% |
|IsiZulu |10 677315 |23.82% |
|Sesotho sa Leboa |4 208 974 |9.39% |
|Sesotho|3 555 192 |7.93% |
|Setswana |3 677 010|8.2% |
|SiSwati |1 194 433 |2.66% |
|Tshivenda |1 021 761|2.28% |
|Xitsonga |1 992 201 |4.44% |
|Other...
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