White South Africans

White South Africans (Afrikaans: Blankes/Europeƫrs) refers to South Africans of primarily European descent. In linguistic, cultural, and historical terms, they are generally divided into the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of the Dutch East India Company's original settlers, known as Afrikaners, and the Anglophone descendants of predominantly British colonists. In 2016, 57.9% were native Afrikaans speakers, 40.2% were native English speakers, and 1.9% spoke another language as their mother tongue,[2][3] such as Portuguese, Greek, or German. White South Africans are by far the largest population of White people in Africa. White was a legally defined racial classification during apartheid.[4]

White South Africans
South African man from Groot Marico, North West
Total population
2020 estimate: 4,679,770 (7.8% of South Africa's population)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Throughout South Africa, but mostly concentrated in urban areas. Population by provinces, as of the 2011 census:
Western Cape915,000
Eastern Cape310,000
North West255,000
Free State239,000
Northern Cape81,000
Afrikaans (58%), English (40%), other (2%)
Christianity (85.6%), Irreligious (8.9%), Judaism (0.9%), Other (4.6%)
Related ethnic groups
White Zimbabweans, White Namibians, Afrikaners, Coloureds, British diaspora in Africa, South African diaspora, other White Africans

Most White Afrikaners trace their ancestry back to the mid 17th century and have developed a separate cultural identity including a distinct language. The majority of English-speaking White South Africans trace their ancestry to the 1820 Settlers. The remainder of the White South African population consists of later immigrants from Europe such as Greeks and Jews (many of whom left after the end of Apartheid). Portuguese immigrants arrived after the collapse of the Portuguese colonial administrations in Mozambique and Angola, although many also originate from Madeira.[citation needed]

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