Indian Population in South Africa 2022
India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.
As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 1,560,000 (15.60 Lakhs) Indians residing in South Africa .
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 1,500,000 (15 Lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 60,000
Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indian South Africans Population
Indian South Africans make around 2.5% of the South Africa population & approx population of Indians in South Africa as of 2021 is 15 Lakhs. Indian South Africans are South Africans who descend from labourers and migrants who arrived from British India during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The majority live in and around the city of Durban, making it one of the largest “Indian” populated cities outside of India.
Some of the regions where Indian South Africans are in significant numbers are
- Durban – 1.5 lakhs
- Cape Town – 55K
- Johannesburg – 60k
- Pietermaritzburg – 50K
- Pretoria – 15K
Religion of Indians in South Africa
Most South African Indians follow Hinduism, Islam, or Christianity. There are also small groups of Parsis, Sikhs, and Buddhists. The Indian community can be culturally divided into four broad groups along linguistic lines: Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Gujarati. They are divided along with the following major religions:
- Hindu – 41.3%
- Muslim – 24.6%
- Christian – 24.4%