South Africa with its population of
around fifty million is the 25th largest country in the world and
is located in
southern Africa sharing a border with Namibia, Botswana and
Zimbabwe to its north, Swaziland and Mozambique to its east and
1738 miles of coastline bordering the Atlantic and Indian
oceans. It has one further border with Lesotho,
an enclave kingdom within South Africa.
. South Africa is home to twenty
one national parks and eight world heritage sites making it a
popular tourist destination.
It has nine provinces, Eastern
Cape (13.5% of the population), Free State (5.7%), the tiny, crowded and urbanised Gauteng
(22.4%), KwaZulu-Natal (21.3%), Limpopo (10.9%), Mpumalanga
North West (6.4%), Western Cape (10.4%) and the vast and arid Northern Cape
that makes up about a third of South Africa's landmass but is
home to just 2.2% of South Africa's population accounting
for 1.15 million
South Africa has eleven
officially recognised languages:
Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa
Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. It is
a predominantly Christian country (79.8%) with a further 1.5%
being Muslim, 1.2% Hindu, 0.2% Judaism and 1.4% not known. (15%
declare themselves as having no religion.)
Its black population
is represented by four main peoples; the Nguni (Swazi, Zuleu,
Xhose and Ndebele); the Venda, the Tsonga and the Sotho Tswana.
Its white population are mainly descendants of colonial British
settlers and the Afrikaners ~ Dutch, French Huguenot and German
settlers from the 17th century together with immigrants from
Europe mainly Portuguese, Greek Hungarian and Germans.
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