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

  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: Why Southern Africa Is Anxious About EU and UK Post-Brexit Trade Talks - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [The Conversation Africa] As the deadline for the post-Brexit trade talks between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) looms, concerns have arisen as to whether the two parties will be able to conclude a deal. In terms of the Brexit divorce agreement, the UK is expected to leave the EU single market and customs union on 1 January 2021. A trade deal will govern future trade relations between the EU and the UK. The prospect of striking such a deal, however, has been thrown into doubt by the publication recently of a ne
  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: Demystifying the Science - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Africa In Fact] An African NPO combines traditional investigative reporting techniques with data analysis and geo-mapping to help track eco-offences.
  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: #zimbabweanlivesmatter - Can South Africa Get It Right This Time? - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Africa In Fact] Amid a spiralling economic and political crisis, President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed the people of Zimbabwe on Tuesday 4 August. His speech, although sudden - four days after his government's violent clampdown on the July 31 citizen protests - was highly anticipated.
  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: Warring Soweto Taxi Associations Called to Order... Again - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Daily Maverick] Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo has placed the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association and Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association under administration.
  • Sun - Sep 20, 2020: New Horizons Is an Ode to Fresh Sounds - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [New Frame] The first of its kind to be released on vinyl, the 12-track double LP compilation features contemporary jazz artists from South Africa, securing an international distribution deal to ensure the further reach of the music.