South Africa

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INFORMATION

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

Government: 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: 51,500,000 (2014)

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

Major Ethic Groups:

  • African: 79%
    • Zulu
    • Xhosa
    • Sotho
    • Tswana
    • Venda
    • Tsonga
  • white: 9.6%
  • colored: 8.9%
  • 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 - Feb 24, 2017: Don't Take Law Into Your Own Hands - Police Committee - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] Parliament's police committee on Friday called on South Africans not to take the law into their own hands, as some Pretoria residents staged a march against immigrants.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Mamelodi Marchers Accuse Foreigners of Destroying Local Business - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] A memorandum that Mamelodi residents handed to the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria on Friday strongly criticised how they perceived foreign nationals to be conducting themselves in SA.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Phahlane - Situation in Pretoria and Surrounds Under Control - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The unrest seen on the streets of Pretoria and its surrounding townships has been brought under control, with over 100 people being arrested, Acting Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane said on Friday.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Anti-Immigration March Is 'March of Hatred' - Nelson Mandela Foundation - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] The Nelson Mandela Foundation strongly condemned attacks on foreign nationals during an anti-immigration march in Pretoria West on Friday, calling it a "march of hatred".
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Dream Come True for Blind Radio Presenter - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -It was a dream come true for Siyabonga Molotshwa, a visually impaired community radio presenter from KwaZulu-Natal, who received a portable talking computer for the blind.