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|Tshepo Vincent Sechele
Official Name: Republic of South Africa
short form: South Africa former: Union of South Africa.
South Africa’s name in native (official) languages:
Afrika Borwa (Pedi, seSotho, Tswana)
Afrika Dzonga (Tsonga)
Afurika Tshipembe (Venda)
Mzantsi Afrika (isiXhosa)
Ningizimu Afrika (siSwati, isiZulu)
ISO Country Code: za, zaf
Time: Local Time = UTC +2h
Country Calling Code: +27
Capital City: Pretoria (administrative)
Bloemfontein (Mangaung) (judicial center)
Mangaung Local Municipality; (the city’s name in seSotho is Mangaung).
Cape Town (legislative center)
Other Cities: Johannesburg, Durban (Thekwini), Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth
Independence: 31 May 1910 (from UK); South Africa became a republic in 1961.
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the African continent.
Area: 1.2 million km² (470,462 sq. mi). Terrain: plateau, savanna, desert, mountains, coastal plains.
Climate: moderate, mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; similar to southern California.
Nationality: South African(s).
Population: (2016) 55.9 million; black 78%; white 10%; colored 9%; Asian (Indian) 2.5%; other.
Languages: (11 official languages) Sesotho sa Leboa 9.2%, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati (Swazi), Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans 14,4%, English 8.6%, isiNdebele, isiXhosa 17.9%, isiZulu 22.9%.
Religions: Predominantly Christian; traditional African believes, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish.
Natural Resources: South Africa is rich of natural resources: Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas.
Agriculture Products: Corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables; beef, poultry, mutton, wool, dairy products.
Industries: Mining (world’s largest producer of platinum, gold, chromium), automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textile, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs.
Exports – commodities: gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment
Exports – Partners: China 11.3%, USA 7.3%, Germany 6%, Namibia 5.2%, Botswana 5.2%, Japan 4.7%, UK 4.3%, India 4.2% (2015)
Imports – commodities: machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, scientific instruments, foodstuffs.
Imports – partners: China 17.6%, Germany 11.2%, USA 6.7%, Nigeria 5%, India 4.7%, Saudi Arabia 4.1% (2015)
Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
South Africa in numbers
Key statistic figures South Africa.