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 - Apr 28, 2017: Cabinet Welcomes FDI Report - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Cabinet has welcomed the A.T. Kearney's 2017 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence report, which indicates that South Africa is the 25th most attractive destination for foreign direct investment globally, the first from the African Continent.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Mass March Over 'Systemic Failures in Eastern Cape Education' - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] Nearly 2 000 learners from schools in the Eastern Cape marched to the provincial education department in Zwelitsha, King William's Town on Freedom Day.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Young Coligny Victim Has Yet to Be Identified - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] The boy who was allegedly murdered in Coligny, North West, has still not been identified, a source close to the case told News24 on Friday.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Buys, Beukes Consolidate Joberg2c Lead - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [News24Wire] Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (PYGA Euro Steel) continue to dominate the 2017 joBerg2c.
  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Cabinet Calls for Calm in North West - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Cabinet has called for calm following violent protests in Lichtenburg and Blydeville in Ditsobotla Local Municipality in the North West.