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

  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: 'Clear Stupidity' - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [NEWS] President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has termed as 'clear stupidity' rumors that she has a hospital in South Africa.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: The Gathering - Zanu-PF, ANC - Same Whatsapp Group, Says Maimane - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Daily Maverick] Speaking at Daily Maverick's The Gathering on Thursday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Robert Mugabe's downfall in Zimbabwe was a signal of the ANC's own decline. But Maimane also faced tough questions about his own party. By GREG NICOLSON.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: The Gathering - Andrew Feinstein Warns That Nuclear Graft Could Make Arms Deal Look Small - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Daily Maverick] Former ANC MP and anti-corruption activist Andrew Feinstein told the audience at The Gathering on Thursday that the corruption which afflicts South Africa is symptomatic of a much broader condition. With trillions lost globally to bribes, Feinstein pointed out that South Africa is not uniquely corrupt. It's just that South Africa can afford corruption far less than developed countries in the West. By REBECCA DAVIS.
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: SA's European Tour Young Guns Impress - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] A new generation of South Africans made their presence felt on the European Tour this year and will look to take this even further as they now turn their attention to the upcoming Mauritius Open and the Joburg Open .
  • Thu - Nov 23, 2017: ANC, Zanu-PF in Same WhatsApp Group - Maimane - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] DA leader Mmusi Maimane is hopeful that the recent events in Zimbabwe will teach South Africans a lesson.