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

  • Wed - May 12, 2021: We Want to Go Back to the Dump Site, Say Former Landfill Residents - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [GroundUp] About 100 people who used to live at the Makhanda dump were moved after it was upgraded
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: UCT Celebrates International Nurses' Day - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [UCT] "Nursing is not just a profession, it's a skill and an attitude. It's about developing a close relationship with your patients. It's the ability to make a difference in the world - one patient at a time. The compassion and passion that nurses bring to the profession are two of the most highly regarded and valued aspects of their role - not just in South Africa, but also in the world."
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: New Vital Signs Chart Aimed At Improving Patient Care - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [UCT] A spotlight on the work of Emeritus Associate Professor Una Kyriacos, previously of the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Division of Nursing and Midwifery, in commemoration of International Nurses' Day. Kyriacos is behind the development, validation and testing of the effectiveness of a vital signs monitoring tool: the Cape Town-modified early warning score (MEWS) vital signs chart. The chart, designed for adults, is intended for the early identification of deterioration in hospitalised adult patients in ge
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: 78-Year-Old Limpopo Granny Says She Doubts She'll Ever See Her Promised House - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [GroundUp] Sarah Mathatswana is 78. She lives in a dilapidated rondavel in Mutiti village in Nzhelele in Makhado, Limpopo. "One day this house will fall on me," she says.
  • Wed - May 12, 2021: Getting People Out of the Clinic Can Support HIV Treatment Adherence - AllAfrica News: South Africa
    [Daily Maverick] The growing crisis in many of South Africa's clinics has reached a point where patient care is being compromised and there is a deepening worry that people living with HIV are being pushed out of treatment, argues Anele Yawa and Lotti Rutter. In this op-ed, they ask whether repeat prescription collection strategies are simpler and quicker than waiting in long clinic queues.