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Case Studies in South Africa
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South Africa

Capital city Pretoria
Total area (square kilometres) 1,219,912
Population total 43,421,000
Official language The country has 11 official languages which are: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
National currency Rands and cents
GNP per capita 3,310
Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day 11%

Information gathered from:
Statistics on International Development (DFID, 2000)
World Desk Reference (Dorling Kindersley, 2000)
The World Factbook
The World Guide (New Internationalist Publications, 1999)
South Africa is very rich in natural resources, especially minerals such as gold, coal, diamonds, chromium and manganese.

South Africa held its first multicultural elections in 1994. From 1948 to 1994 the country was ruled by the white minority under the apartheid and racial segregation policies.

South Africa is renowned for its wild life, much of which can be found in national parks. The Kruger National Park alone, contains 137 species of mammal and 450 different species of birds.

 

 

 

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