South Africa

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INFORMATION

Capital: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Current President: Cyril Ramaphosa

Economy:

  • Emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; a stock exchange that is the 18th largest in the world; and modern infrastructure supporting a relative efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region.

Population: 54,948,552 (2017)

Land Size: 1.22 million sq km (470,693 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • African: 80.2%
    • Zulu
    • Xhosa
    • Sotho
    • Tswana
    • Venda
    • Tsonga
  • Coloured: 8.8%
  • White: 8.4%
  • Indian/Asian: 2.5%
Religions:

  • Protestant: 36.6% (Zionist Christian: 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic: 8.2%, Methodist: 6.8%, Dutch Reformed: 6.7%, Anglican: 3.8%)
  • Catholic: 7.1%
  • Muslim: 1.5%
  • Other Christian: 36%
  • Other: 2.3%
    • Indigenous African Religions
    • Hinduism
    • Judaism
  • Unspecified: 1.4%
  • None: 15.1%

Language(s):

  • IsiZulu (official): 23.82%
  • IsiXhosa (official): 17.64%
  • Afrikaans (official): 13.35%
  • Sepedi (official): 9.39%
  • English (official): 8.2%
  • Setswana (official): 8.2%
  • Sesotho (official): 7.93%
  • Xitsonga (official): 4.44%
  • siSwati (official): 2.66%
  • Tshivenda (official): 2.28%
  • isiNdebele (official): 1.59%
  • Other: 0.5%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Jun 23, 2018: South Africa Plans to Ease Visa Burden - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Guardian] The South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Andre Hanekom, has assured that much is being done with procedures already in place for a seamless visa process for West African nations. Hanekom, who was in Nigeria recently for the 61st Regional Tourism Conference of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in Abuja, also requested the Consular General Amb, Darkey Africa to immediately work on reviewing the visa processes and also specifically address the issues around visa durations for applicant
  • Sat - Jun 23, 2018: Guyo, Mujuru on Trial in South Africa - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [The Herald] Aces Youth Academy prodigy Nicholas Guyo, who is currently on the books of giants CAPS United, has left the country for trials in South Africa. Guyo and academy teammate Colin Mujuru are trying their luck with First National Division side Ubuntu Cape Town FC.
  • Sat - Jun 23, 2018: Billiat Move Sparks Debate - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [The Herald] Warriors forward Khama Billiat yesterday provoked huge debate in the football fraternity after he completed a surprise move from South Africa champions Mamelodi Sundowns to rivals Kaizer Chiefs. Billiat, who had been strongly linked with a number of European clubs, left many critics confounded after he agreed a three-year deal with Amakhosi, with an option for another year.
  • Sat - Jun 23, 2018: Govt Shelves Plan to Import High Capacity Buses From South Africa - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [East African] Kenya has reversed its decision to import 30 high capacity buses from South Africa at a cost of Ksh500 million ($5 million).
  • Fri - Jun 22, 2018: 'The Party Is Over' - New North West Premier Warns Public Servants - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] elected North West Premier Job Mokgoro has warned public servants who stay away from work that "the party is over" and that it's time to work.