South Africa ZA


GMO Gospel Visits 2014


Indicated decisions 2014

53.5 million


38 million

10.6 million are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for South Africa
  • Social Control

  • Cultural Distinctions

    In white South Africa, the Power Distance is much higher than in other Anglo groups.
    Whites are closer to the Anglo-American cluster; Blacks to the Sub-Saharan African cluster.
  • Top 25 Stats

    Total Population- 53.5 M (25th); Total Christians- 38 M (15th); Total Evangelicals- 10.6 M (12th); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 19.82% (22nd); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 12.87% (22nd).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

  • Human Development Index

  • Internet Access

    46.88% (72nd)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Nguna (46.4%); Sotho-Tswana (24.3%); Whites (8.9%); Colored/Mixed race (8.9%); Asian (2.8%).
  • Common Languages

    English, Afrikaans, and 11 ethnic languages
  • Economy

    This is the wealthiest African nation with a large industrial base, minerals, and agriculture.
    Despite this, there is a high gap between the wealthy and poor, and corruption is an issue.
    Many white professionals and farmers are leaving the country.
  • History / Politics

    Apartheid policy brought pain and suffering to the black majority, but ended in 1991. 
    Free elections occurred in 1994; Nelson Mandela was elected and fought against racial bias. 
    Mandela's successors have been a disappointment to many.
  • Spirituality

    Biblical Christianity is solid in South Africa and has had a big impact on other countries also.
    There are good ministries to AIDS and rape victims, prisoners, and slum dwellers.
    Prayers are still needed for reconciliation associated with apartheid. 
    Evangelicals hurt their witness by being slow to stand against apartheid.
    The nation sends out many missionaries, but poverty, AIDS, and crime at home are big issues.
    Several million have immigrated from the rest of Africa looking for peace and work.
  • Prayers

    Pray that Christians here will continue to have a large impact on Africa and the world. 
    Pray for the continued healing of souls from the apartheid era and after.
    Pray for all those in poverty, with AIDS, and crime victims. 
    Pray for ministries to the many African immigrants and that they will take the Gospel home.
    Pray that the sending of missionaries would continue at a high rate.


All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.