South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, including, English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, South Sotho, North Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda and Ndebele. Although only about 10% of the population has English as its mother tongue, English is the language most widely understood, and is the second language of the majority of South Africans.

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