South Africa (Republic of South Africa)  

Large country at the southern tip of African continent with a vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain.


Capital                              Pretoria (Cape Town is legislative center, Bloemfontein is judicial center)

Form of Government        Republic

Legal System                     Based on Roman-Dutch law and English common law


Population                        42,718,530                       

Area                                  1,219,912 sq km (slightly less than twice the size of Texas)

Climate                             Mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights


Nationality                        South African

Ethnic Groups                   Black 75.2%, white 13.6%, colored 8.6%, Indian 2.6%

Major Languages              Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Religions                            Christian 68%, Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5%, indigenous beliefs and animist 28.5%

Currency                           rand (ZAR)


Life Expectancy                44.19 years

Literacy                             86.4%

GDP/capita                       $10,700

Unemployment Rate         31%