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Eastern Cape Eastern Cape Eastern Cape Eastern Cape
Free State Free State Free State Free State
Gauteng Gauteng Gauteng Gauteng
Limpopo Limpopo Limpopo Limpopo
Mpumalanga Mpumalanga Mpumalanga Mpumalanga
North West North West North West North West
Northern Cape Northern Cape Northern Cape Northern Cape
Western Cape Western Cape Western Cape Western Cape
KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal



Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to South Africa

  • Time ZoneGMT/UTC +2
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellular phone etc.)
  • Weights & measures: Metric


Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List

  • Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park
  • Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
  • Robben Island (
  • UKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas


South Africa

Location
Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

Capital
Pretoria (administrative capital),
note: Cape Town (legislative capital); Bloemfontein (judicial capital)

Population
49,052,489

Regions
South Africa consists of 9 provinces

Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Northern Cape, Western Cape

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

Ethnic groups
black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)

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)

Languages
IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)

Government type
republic

Background
Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009.



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