South Africa 1

Geography south africas neighbors have been an

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Unformatted text preview: people is also shaped by urbanization. •About half of South Africans (including most whites, Asians, and coloured people) live in an urban setting. •South Africa has ]ive cities with over 1 million inhabitants: Cape Town (2.8 million), Johannesburg (2.2 million), Durban (1.3 million), Pretoria (1.3 million), and Port Elizabeth (1.1 million). •Soweto, a large black township outside Johannesburg, has between 600,000 and 2 million inhabitants ! ! ! ! •South Africa is linguistically diverse—the 1994 constitution recognizes eleven languages, 9 are spoken by blacks, and some of which are very closely related to one another Most blacks speak more than one African language •If there is a common language among South Africans, English. Almost all Afrikaners are bilingual in Afrikaans and English, and many South Africans of English descent also speak some Afrikaans •Divided the South African people—the 1976 Soweto Uprising was ignited by the Afrikaner authorities' attempt to make Afrikaans the of]icial language of instruction in all schools ! Geography •South Africa's neighbors have been an important focal point for many South Africans...
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