The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

Families in South Africa

Families in South Africa
Susan C.Ziehl

Introduction

South Africa has a population of just under 45 million and covers a land area of 1,219,090 sq km. This means that in terms of its population size, it is slightly larger than Spain and covers a geographic area equivalent to Spain, France, and Italy put together. There are nine provinces: KwaZulu-Natal, which has the largest share of the population (21%), followed by Gauteng (20%), the Eastern Cape (14%), Limpopo (12%), the Western Cape (10%), Northwest (8%), Mpumalanga (7%), Free State (6%), and the Northern Cape (2%). The climate varies considerably from an essentially Mediterranean climate in the Western Cape to a subtropical climate in KwaZulu-Natal and a dry summer-rainfall climate in Gauteng and the other northern ...

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