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 - Jul 21, 2017: Central Bank Cuts Rates - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] The Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Thursday reduced the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75%.
  • Fri - Jul 21, 2017: Task Team to Deal With Evictions - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] The Gauteng government has set up a task team to deal with evictions in the inner city of Johannesburg.
  • Fri - Jul 21, 2017: Statement of the Monetary Policy Committee - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SARB] Issued by Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank.
  • Fri - Jul 21, 2017: Minister Dlamini Hell-Bent On Creating Another Sassa Crisis - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [IFP] With news emerging today that Minister Dlamini's daughter is in business with the new SASSA CEO, Ms Pearl Bhengu, it has become clear that Minister Dlamini can no longer be trusted to administer SASSA and its billions. The IFP therefore repeats our call for the urgent removal of the Minister of Social Development.
  • Fri - Jul 21, 2017: IPID Probe Uber Hijacking After Woman Is Shot and Killed in Cape Town - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed it is investigating the death of a woman allegedly involved in the hijacking of an Uber in Diep River on Thursday.