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General Facts

Population: 52.9 million
Capital: Pretoria
Official Languages: There are 11! Most used are Zulu and Afrikaans
Currency: Rand
Religions: Christianity
Motto: !ke e: ǀxarra ǁke (unity in diversity)
National Anthem: Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Interesting Facts

  • Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.
  • South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.
  • South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.
  • South Africa has deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests
  • South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program

More obscurely, did you know…

  • South Africa has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world!
  • South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity!
  • South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water!