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: 54,948,552 (2017)

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

  • Sat - Dec 15, 2018: Dead Sailor Whose Yacht Washed Ashore in KZN Identified As French National - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] A dead sailor, found aboard a yacht that washed ashore at a beach in Southbroom on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Saturday, has been identified, provincial police have confirmed.
  • Sat - Dec 15, 2018: Nugent Commission Submits Final Report to the President - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the final report of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
  • Sat - Dec 15, 2018: Acting SARS Commissioner Appointment Extended - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has re-appointed Mark Kingon as Acting Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for a further 90 days, beginning on December 13.
  • Sat - Dec 15, 2018: President Appoints Eskom Sustainability Task Team - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an Eskom Sustainability Task Team to advise government on actions to resolve Eskom's operational, structural and financial challenges.
  • Fri - Dec 14, 2018: New Social Grant for Families - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [GroundUp] The Department of Social Development (DSD) is fast approaching a February 2019 deadline to amend the foster care system so that families no longer have to go to court every two years to get their foster care grants extended.