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Group Where Number
of
Adherents
% of
total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
Number
of
countries
Year Source Quote/
Notes
Catholic South Africa - 6.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Christianity South Africa 31,140,200 76.70% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Southern Africa (PCSA) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): South Africa: 40.6 million... Main religions: South Africa: Christianity (76.7%). Independent Christianity, drawing on traditional African religion and culture, is growing rapidly. Jewish (0.5%). Hindu (2.1%). Muslim (1.3%)... "
Christianity South Africa 22,490,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Christianity South Africa 28,782,672 68.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Total population: 42,327,458. Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%
Christianity South Africa 32,725,000 77.00% - - 1999 Canesso, Claudia. South Africa (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999), pg. 9-10. "Population: 42,500,000... Religions: Christian, 77%; African traditionalist or no professed religion, 20%; Hindu, Muslim, or Jewish, 3% "
Christianity - independent churches - black South Africa 7,520,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; includes 1,660,000-member Zion Christian Church, plus 5,860,000 members in "other " black independent churches
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints South Africa 24,000 0.05% 86
units
- 1995 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 188-408. "Year-end 1995: Est. population [of country]; Members, [number shown in '# of adherents' column to left] "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints South Africa 10,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; listed in table as "Mormon "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints South Africa 25,746 - - - 1997 "LDS in Africa: Growing Membership Sees American Church with Unique Vision, " Salt Lake Tribune, 4 April 1998. Reprinted in Sunstone (June 1998, pg. 71). Map: Membership totals as of December 1997.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints South Africa 24,000 0.05% 94
units
- 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 267-410. Information from a variety of sources. Figures for year-end 1997.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1923 *LINK* web site: "Kim Siever's Temple Site "; web page: "Africa " (viewed 18 April 1999). Table with columns: Name [of temple], Year: Operating temples: "Johannesburg South Africa 1923 "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1996 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 435-436. Table: "Temples of the Church "; Johannesburg, South Africa
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* web site: "LDSWorld "; web page: "Gems Temple Status Page " (viewed 17 July 1999); compiled by Dave Kenison. Updated regularly. Original sources: Deseret News Church Almanac, & announcements thru Church News & other media.; Table: "LOCATIONS & DEDICATIONS OF TEMPLES " (incl. dedication dates)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* web site: "Kim Siever's Temple Site "; web page: "Africa " (viewed 18 April 1999). Table with columns: Name [of temple], Year: Operating temples: "Johannesburg South Africa 1923 "
Church of the Living Word South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1975 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991), pg. 283. "mid-1970s there were... 14 congregations in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Guam, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippine Islands, and South Africa. "
Church of the Nazarene South Africa 26,729 0.07% 389
units
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site: Nazarene World Mission Society Church Statistics: Churches; 2 Jan. 1998; total population: 39,189,000
Church of the White Eagle Lodge South Africa - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site (1 Jan. 1999): directory White Eagle centers in directory: Republic of South Africa, Maybelle van Warmelo, E2 Alma Court, 32 High Level Road, Green Point 8001
Churches of Christ South Africa 23,110 0.06% 331
units
- 1995 *LINK* official organization web site table: "STATUS OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA--1995 " (Campbellite)
Congregationalist South Africa 361,000 - - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Congregationals 361,000 (mainly Coloured)
Council of African Instituted Churches South Africa - - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; web page: news release represents a modest edit of the wrap-up prepared by the World Council of Churches (1998). Viewed 7 Oct. 1999. "Membership of the WCC rose to a record 339 churches as the Assembly welcomed eight more... six of the new churches are African: the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe, the Harrist Church in Ivory Coast, the Council of African Instituted Churches, which is in South Africa... "
Dutch Reformed South Africa 3,980,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; listed as "Dutch (Afrikaans) Reformed Churches " in table; includes at least 3 dif. denominations: Nederduitse Gereformeerde, Gereformeerde, and Nederduitsch Hervormde
Dutch Reformed South Africa 5,200,000 12.53% - - 1997 Dostert, Pierre Etienne. Africa 1997 (The World Today Series). Harpers Ferry, West Virginia: Stryker-Post Publications (1997), pg. 118. Estimates of % of population in principal religions, & est. 1997 total pop.; "Principal Religions: Methodist and other Protestant Christians, (10.2 million), Afrikaaner Dutch Reformed, split into three sects (5.2 million), Roman Catholic (1.2 million), Anglican, split into two sects (1.1 million), traditional tribal beliefs, Hindu, Islam. The above figures are of nominal allegiance rather than persons active in religion. "
Dutch Reformed Church (NGK) South Africa 3,374,000 - - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Largest:- Nederduits Geref. Kerk (NGK) 3,374,000 adherents (50% White, 30% Black, 19% Coloured)
Dutch Reformed Church (NGK) South Africa 3,510,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; a Dutch Reform Church; Listed in table as "Nederduitse Gereformeerde "
Evangelical South Africa - 14.00% - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total population: 26,100,000. Protestants 43% - 80% of the Coloureds, 73% of the Whites, 32% of the Blacks. Community approx. 7,800,000. Denominations 70+. Conservative Evangelicals 14%.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa South Africa 710,382 - - - 1995 *LINK* Evangelical Lutheran Church in America web site; web page: "January 25, 1996 News Releases " (viewed 9 July 1999). Story: "More than 60 Million Lutherans Worldwide " [96-01-003-FI] List: "Lutheran Churches with more than 1/2 million members "
Fingo South Africa - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995), pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Full Gospel South Africa 220,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Gereformeerde South Africa 180,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; a Dutch Reform Church
Grace Community Church of South Africa South Africa 160 - 5
units
- 1990 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Africa: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " SOUTH AFRICA: Grace Community Church of South Africa... Members (1990): 160+/-; Congregations: 5
Greek Orthodox South Africa 30,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Hinduism South Africa - 2.00% - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total population: 26,100,000. Hindus 2% - Indians.
Hinduism South Africa 560,000 1.69% - - 1986 Stein, R. Conrad. South Africa (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (1986), pg. 24, 32, 37. Pg. 24: "estimated 1986 population of South Africa stood at 33,185,000... Using the government-created categories, 71% of the people were black, 17% were white, colored made up 9%, and Asians 3% "; Pg. 34: "Some 800,000 people classified as Asians live in South Africa. Most of them reside in the state of Natal. "; Pg. 37: "Some of the country's Asians are Christians, but many practice the religion of their origins. The Asians are either Hindu (70%), Muslim (20%), or Buddhist or Christian (10%). "
Hinduism South Africa 890,000 - - - 1989 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 3/1/89 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) SIZE OF GROUP: 890,000 including all Indian languages.
Hinduism South Africa - 2.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Hinduism South Africa 1,200,000 - - - 1993 *LINK* "Publisher's Desk: Hinduism Today in Africa " in Hinduism Today International (Oct. 1993, Vol. 15, No. 10) on the continent there are major Hindu populations in South Africa (1.2 million), Tanzania (60,000), Kenya (60,000), Nigeria (30,000) and Zambia (20,000) with significant communities in Zimbabwe, Somalia and Botswana.
Hinduism South Africa 700,000 - - - 1993 O'Brien, J. & M. Palmer. The State of Religion Atlas. Simon & Schuster: New York (1993). Pg 24-25. map
Hinduism South Africa 1,200,000 - - - 1994 *LINK* "Freedom! " in Hinduism Today International (July 1994) Joining 20 million Blacks, most of the nation's 1.2 million Hindus reveled, rejoiced, danced and drummed, prayed and partied, celebrating emancipation from 300 years of white domination.
Hinduism South Africa 852,600 2.10% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Southern Africa (PCSA) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): South Africa: 40.6 million... Main religions: South Africa: Christianity (76.7%)... Jewish (0.5%). Hindu (2.1%). Muslim (1.3%)... "
Hinduism South Africa 430,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Hinduism South Africa 420,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Largest Hindu Populations in the World "; (Rank: 9)
Hinduism South Africa 700,000 - - - 1997 Breuilly, Elizabeth, et al. Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals. Facts on File Inc.: New York, NY (1997). Pg. 90. "There are 700,000 Hindus in South Africa, 575,000 in North America and 500,000 in the United Kingdom. "
Hinduism South Africa 634,912 1.50% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Total population: 42,327,458. Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%
Hinduism South Africa 649,980 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998), pg. 77. Table: "Top 10 Largest Hindu Populations in the World "; Rank: #9
Hinduism South Africa - 1.50% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Hlubi South Africa - - - 1
country
1995 Haskins, J. From Afar to Zulu. New York: Walker Pub. (1995), pg. 191-7. Table: Add'l African Cultures
Islam South Africa - 1.30% - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total population: 26,100,000. Muslims 1.3% - Indians and Malays.
Islam South Africa 362,000 1.30% - - 1986 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 10/6/86 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Today, Muslims account for about 1.3 percent of South Africa's population. Heavenly Father, may the 362000 Muslims of South Africa understand Your grace
Islam South Africa 500,000 2.00% - - 1986 *LINK* Web site: "Arabic Paper "; web page: "Muslim Countries of the World " (viewed 15 June 1999). [Written 1998.] [NOTE: Unreliable statistical methodology.] "In 1986... Muslim Education Trust organization [U.K.] obtained... 1971 census & [info. from] Embassies of the respective countires... 1971 census showed the Muslim Minorities countries had around 308 Million Muslim.. "; "...add (784.5M [independent Muslim countries]+ 308M) = 1092.5 Million Muslims in 1971 "; Table shows country, "population " [number of Muslims in the country], & % Muslim. Total adds up to 317,391,000, so these figures are apparently intended to be estimates for 1986.
Islam South Africa - 1.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Islam South Africa 527,800 1.30% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Southern Africa (PCSA) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): South Africa: 40.6 million... Main religions: South Africa: Christianity (76.7%)... Jewish (0.5%). Hindu (2.1%). Muslim (1.3%)... "
Islam South Africa 370,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Islam South Africa 846,549 2.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Total population: 42,327,458. Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%
Islam South Africa - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Islam South Africa - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Islam South Africa 597,000 1.20% - - 2000 K. F. Bin Mohd Noor. "Muslims Statistics... for Year 2000 " [orig. src: Barrett. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982] Table
Jehovah's Witnesses South Africa 31,744 0.10% 918
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Adherent count here is from "1983 Peak Publishers " column
Jehovah's Witnesses South Africa 64,258 0.17% 1,292
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 168,903.
Jehovah's Witnesses South Africa 66,732 0.18% 1,308
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "
Jehovah's Witnesses South Africa - 0.50% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance South Africa 92,405 - 918
units
- 1983 Botting, Heather & Gary Botting. The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984), pg. 53-59. Table: "1983 Service Year Report of JWs Worldwide "; Data from columns: "No. of congs. " and "Memorial attendance "
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance South Africa 168,903 0.45% 1,292
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance South Africa 154,040 0.41% - - 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Judaism South Africa 118,000 - - - 1948 Gilbert, Martin (ed.) The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization: 4,000 Years of Jewish History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1990), pg. 214. "Since 1948, the Jewish population [in South Africa] has remained more or less static at 118,000. "
Judaism South Africa 120,000 - - - 1977 Bermant, Chaim. The Jews. New York: NY Times Books (1977), pg. 242. "...the one hundred and twenty thousand Jews of South Africa... "
Judaism South Africa - 0.60% - - 1978 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD by P. J. Johnstone; STL Publications, P. O. Box 48, Bromley, Kent, England. Published in 1978.); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total population: 26,100,000. Jews 0.6%.
Judaism South Africa 118,000 - - - 1981 Unterman, Alan. "Judaism " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991) [reprint; 1st published in 1984], pg. 25. Map: "Figure 1.4: Main centres of Jewish population, 1981 "
Judaism South Africa 100,000 0.30% - - 1986 Stein, R. Conrad. South Africa (series: Enchantment of the World). Chicago: Childrens Press (1986), pg. 24, 32. Pg. 24: "estimated 1986 population of South Africa stood at 33,185,000. "; Pg. 32: "There is also a Jewish community that numbers more than 100,000 people. "
Judaism South Africa 118,000 - - - 1990 Gilbert, Martin (ed.) The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization: 4,000 Years of Jewish History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co. (1990), pg. 214. "Since 1948, the Jewish population [in South Africa] has remained more or less static at 118,000. "
Judaism South Africa 203,000 0.50% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Southern Africa (PCSA) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): South Africa: 40.6 million... Main religions: South Africa: Christianity (76.7%)... Jewish (0.5%). Hindu (2.1%). Muslim (1.3%)... "
Judaism South Africa 70,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Judaism South Africa 70,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997), pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Largest Jewish Populations in the World "; (Rank: 10)
Judaism South Africa 130,000 - - - 1997 Meisel, Jacqueline Drobis. South Africa: A Tapestry of Peoples and Traditions (series: Exploring Cultures of the World). New York: Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish (1997), pg. 25. "Today, there are about 130,000 Jewish people in South Africa. They contributed a great deal to South Africa's economic, educational, and cultural life. "
Judaism South Africa 106,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* Jewish Communities of the World web site (1998) Table: World Jewry. "collected our data from from demographic and other academic studies, community reports, and up-dates in the general media... consulted with experts to verify findings before reaching our assessments and estimates. "
Kerretjie People South Africa - - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 1 - Africa. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 236-237. "Karretjie People: Location: The Karoo in South Africa; Population: Several thousand; Language: Afrikaans; Religion: None "; "Travelers who journey between the interior of South Africa and the coast cross the vast arid scrublands of the central plateau. This is the Karoo... and this is where the Karretjie People... can usually be seen criss-crossing the plains in their donkey carts. "; Pg. 237: "Very few of the Karretjie People are members of a church or a religious organization or have ever, for that matter, been exposed to religious activities. Some may have been baptized by a minister of the Dutch Reformed Mission church, either in a church or by virtue of a minister visiting the farm where their parents worked. Those couples who have had a church marriage are the exception, and those who live together are regarded as having a properly sanctioned union. "


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