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: 56,462,617 (2020)

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

  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Suspects Arrested for Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition in Retreat - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAPS] Our pursuit to seize unlicensed firearms in the province yielded positive outcomes when members attached to Steenberg Crime Prevention Unit arrested a 38-year-old man for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Dover Court Lavender Hill.
  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Govt Ramps Up Funding Awards to COVID-19 Testing Ability - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Govt of SA] The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a DSI entity made seven funding awards to local companies, organisations and researchers in order to ramp up the country's ability to produce locally developed reagents and test kits for COVID-19.
  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Uber and Afrika Tikkun Supporting Drivers During This Critical Time - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Daily Maverick] The past few months have no doubt devastated many households across South Africa. As lockdown measures were enforced, the economy came to a standstill, meaning independent workers such as Uber drivers and couriers were impacted as cities were forced to stop moving. Mindful of their role to make a change, Uber teamed up with Afrika Tikkun, a non-profit organisation supporting underprivileged communities, to provide drivers and couriers with a one-time food eCoupon to purchase much-needed essentials at their
  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Protect the Elderly From COVID-19 - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to protect the elderly from exposure to Coronavirus, as this group is the most vulnerable.
  • Tue - Jul 7, 2020: Support for Artists Saving Livelihoods - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has provided much-needed support to over 2 000 practitioners in the creative industry.