South African population
South Africa has a population of over 47 million people. It is represented by people who belong to different races, cultures and religions.
- Black: Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Ndebele, immigrants from Nigeria and Zimbabwe (80%);
- White: Dutch, German, French (10%);
- "Colored" population: the descendants of the early settlers, their slaves and the indigenous peoples of South Africa (8%);
- Asians (2%).
Currently, white trying to emigrate fromSouth Africa: The reason lies in the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic (HIV infected 5 million) and the high crime rate in the cities. But at the same time here immigrate people living in other African countries, especially those living in Zimbabwe.
On average, 40 people living on 1 km2, butthe most densely populated south-western (Cape) and north-eastern regions, where the company is located in Pretoria and the manufacturing and mining industries.
Official languages - English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Ndebele, and others (11).
Big cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Durban, East London.
South African residents mostly are Christians, but there are also Hindus, Jews, Muslims.
The male population of the country lives on average to 43 years, and women - to 41 years.
The low life expectancy is dueunavailability of treatment and difficult social and economic conditions of work. The country has a health service, intended for representatives of different races, the level of medical care that is significantly different from each other. Thus, the non-white population of the country is exposed to brutal discrimination.
Most people die from drug use, AIDS (the most affected area - Natal province) and skin cancer because of the strong ultraviolet radiation.
The traditions and customs of the peoples of South Africa
In South Africa, polygamy is allowed. Brides girls can be 13 years of age (the bride price paid by cows). But, according to tradition, consent to their marriage must give the leader of the tribe.
The indigenous population of South Africa believes the legends and tales. For example, in their diet there is no fish and seafood, because they are sure that the water is fraught with danger, and it is populated underwater inhabitants.
Life in South Africa is different contrast: in rural areas still live according to the traditions of their ancestors (for the people is the most important family, care for family members), and the core values of the urban population - the success and financial well-being (this is especially evident in the life of the residents of Johannesburg).
Arriving in South Africa, you can buy traditional crafts of the peoples of South Africa - Products from beads and pottery, carved wooden products, wicker baskets ...
If you are invited to South Africa to visit, do not forget to take a gift for the host (wine, cigarettes, whiskey, souvenirs, are a symbol of your country).