South Africa info

South Africa

    • Full name: The Republic of South Africa
    • Population: 49,052,489
    • Capital: Pretoria (administrative capital), Cape Town (legislative capital), Bloemfontein (judicial capital)
    • Area: 1,219,090 sq km (slightly less than twice the size of Texas)
    • Major languages: 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu
    • Major religions: Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)
    • Monetary unit: Rand =  0.134 US dollar
    • People: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

BBC Country Profile:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/country_profiles/1071886.stm

CIA World Factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html

NEWS SOURCES

Mail and Guardian Online:
http://www.mg.co.za/

AllAfrica.com:
http://allafrica.com/southafrica/

ARTICLES

Robben Island: Short Walk to Freedom

The Berg: It will leave you breathless

South Africa’s Trove of an Elusive Grape

History of Cape Town