• PEOPLE NAME: NORTHERN SOTHO OF SOUTH AFRICA

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PEID: 33365

ROP: 107413

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Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Bantu, Sotho-Tswana

Language: Pedi - (nso)

Alternate Name(s): Pedi

Primary Religion: Christianity - Non-Evangelical Protestantism

Country: South Africa

Also found in: Botswana; Zimbabwe

Population: 4,160,000

Global Population: 4,351,500


PEID: 33365

ROP: 107413

Progress of the Gospel: No Longer Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: 2% or Greater but Less than 5% Evangelical


Overview: The Northern Sotho of South Africa, numbering 4,160,000, are No Longer Unreached. They are part of the Bantu, Sotho-Tswana people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 4,351,500 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Pedi. The primary religion practiced by the Northern Sotho is Non-Evangelical Protestantism, a collection of denominations typically more focused on issues of social justice than personal salvation.


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