Xhosa speaking peoples or their ancestors have lived in the coastal regions of southeastern Africa since the 16th century. The Xhosa language is the African continent's most southerly spoken Bantu language. Xhosa, the most broadly distributed African language in South Africa (though Zulu has more speakers in absolute terms), is a primary language of about 35 districts within Orange Free State and the neighboring Eastern Cape Province as well as in Ciskei and the Transkei. Xhosa is also spoken in several districts away from the main Xhosa regions near Bloemfontein, and in the mining districts of Westonaria and Oberholzer located to the southwest of Johannesburg. A notable body of literature, especially poetry, has been developed in the Xhosa language. Domestic service in the Xhosa language is provided by the South African Broadcasting Corporation on both television and radio. There are 6.5 million speakers of Xhosa today.