Life in Southern Africa lesson 3

People of The Region

  • The population of South Africa is overwhelmingly back African.

Population Patterns

  • Population depends heavily on geography and economics.
  • South Africa and Angola are about the same size.
  • Malawi is also Southern Africa's most rural nation.

Ethnic and Culture Group

  • Africans are not single people.
  • About 4 million Tswana from the major population group in Botswana.
  • When Europeans divided the region, they paid little attention to its indigenous.

Religion and Languages

  • Southern Africa's colonial past has also influenced its people's religious beliefs.
  • In Angola, however, nearly half the population continues to hold traditional indigenous religious beliefs.

What is the main reason practiced in Southern Africa?

  • Christianity

Life in Southern Africa

  • As in others Africa, life differs from city to countryside.

Urban Life

  • Although most people in the region of Southern Africa live in the countryside, migration to cities grow because of job opportunities.

Urban Growth and Change

  • The regions cities have a mix of many ethnic groups and cultures.
  • Outside the central city are the white neighborhoods where about 20% of the city's population lives.

Family and Traditional Life

  • Rural villages are often small.
  • Many villages now consist largely of women, children, and older men.

Where in their countries do most Southern Africans live?

  • They live in cities.

Southern Africa Today

  • Southern Africa's wealth if mineral, wildlife, and other resources might be a key to the future.

Heath Issues

  • Life expectancy is low in Southern Africa.


  • A major cause of death in children and adults is HIV/AIDS.
  • Malnutrition is a cause of death for many infants and young children.
  • Malaria, a tropical disease carried by mosquitoes, is a problem in several countries.

Progress and Growth

  • Tourism at national parks has grown with the establishments of stable, democratic government.
  • Oil exports in Angola and aluminum exports in Mozambique help finance this effort.

Help From Other Contries

  • it also faces serious economic challenges
  • Other countries and international organizations have also made huge investments in the region.

Why is life expectancy in Southern Africa so low?

  • Disease, malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS


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