|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
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.