Maps of All the Languages and Races in South Africa
It would be most illuminating to hear what any South Africans have to say about these maps and especially, the article accompanying them. The writer, who says she "briefly lived in South Africa", brashly comments on the history of the country, drawing conclusions which may well not be accurate.
At any rate the maps, which were created by a Cape Town developer, are very interesting. Be sure to check out both Adrian Frith's blog and the interactive version of the map.
Bixa, I looked at that map some days ago and tried to make it out. Unfortunately it is far too small but as I have just noticed this time around, the area which is Kruger National Park is so littered with green dots that they all merge into one green blob....each representing 5,000 people, which is just so ridiculous!!! The park only has staff members and tourists and they ...altogether, would not reach that number! If you want to pinpoint it look at Maputo then left across to Nelspruit. The mass of green in front of it is the Kruger National Park looking like a sort of screwed up map of the UK.
As for a blue dot representing Afrikaans, on the Cape area map you note quite a visibility of them around Cape Town and surrounds. Everyone speaks Afrikaans as a first language. Transvaal too. Of course English is the first language of South Africa so you see a lot of pink areas around the Cape intermingled with blue. The map here is quite old I think but even if it is not there is no representation of the Zimbabweans that live and work here in their thousands. To represent them you would have to create a little colour block for the languages of Shona Language & Northern Ndebele language.(Maybe the green square incorporates this?) I don't know if one can be certain of anything on a map!
Let me know if I can try and help further but I may just be pointing you in the wrong direction
That's a great link Kerouac! It explains things beautifully and easily. I will come back to this quite a few times. I wonder how long....in 100's of years, it will take to introduce another couple of official languages as the immigrants from our northern borders form new little areas of their own.