South African Sign LanguagePrint
235,000 (2011 census).
The North British sign system was used for the deaf in white English-speaking families. In 1881 a school for Afrikaans [afr]-speaking families began using British Sign Language [bfi]. Several dialects are used unofficially in different schools. 9 sign language systems, 60% related to British Sign Language [bfi] or Australian sign languages [asf], few to American Sign Language [ase].
Understood to some degree by most deaf people. Some interpreters provided in courts.
First deaf school established about 1846. Now 29 schools for 4,000 children. There is a Signed Afrikaans as well.