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

  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: Cheers to the Future Mr and Mrs AKA! - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -- Congratulations are in order as the South African rapper AKA just made things official and popped the question to his girlfriend, Nelli Tembe.
  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: Covid-19 Holds Lessons for the Future of Social Protection - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [The Conversation Africa] Food security experts in South Africa warned early on that the lockdown instituted to manage the spread of COVID-19 would threaten children's nutrition. Before the arrival of the pandemic, a third of South Africa's 20 million children were already living in households that were below the food poverty line.
  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: Posted a Jerusalema Challenge Video? You'll Pay for That - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Nation] Corporations in Kenya and across the region could soon be forced to part with thousands of shillings in fines after taking part in the popular Jerusalema dance challenge.
  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: Covid-19 and the Surge of Absenteeism in Schools - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [ISS] The impacts of COVID-19 on Africa's long-term development have been devastating. The Institute for Security Studies reports that probably up to a decade's worth of human development has been wiped out.
  • Wed - Feb 24, 2021: Treasury Projects the Economy to Grow By 3.3 Percent - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] As the country begins to roll out a massive vaccination programme, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow by a rate of 3.3 percent in 2021.