South Africa

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INFORMATION

Capital: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Current President: Jacob Zuma

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: 54,956,900 (2015)

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

Major Ethic 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

  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: Comoros, Burundi Apply to Join Regional Body - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SANF] Pretoria -One of the key issues to be discussed by the 37th SADC Summit to open 19 August in Pretoria, South Africa is to expand the membership of the regional organization.
  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: KwaZulu Natal Remains an Investment Destination - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Kwazulu -Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala has reassured businesses operating in KZN that the province remained a sound investment destination that had their interests at heart.
  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: Heads of State Arrive for SADC Summit - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Several Heads of State and Government are expected to arrive in South Africa today ahead of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit.
  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: SADC Double Troika Meets in Tshwane - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] The Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika, which commences in Tshwane on Friday afternoon, is expected to consider the political and security situation in the region, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said.
  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: Residents Stage Service Delivery Protest in Hout Bay - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] A small group of residents blocked the road leading to the Hout Bay harbour on Friday morning in apparent dissatisfaction over service delivery, City of Cape Town officials said.