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South Africa

Country Name

South Africa, officially The Republic of South Africa.

 

Location

  Is the southernmost country in Africa.

It is bounded on the south by Southern Africa coastline stretching along

the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans

It is bordered in the north by NamibiaBotswana, and Zimbabwe;

and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland;

The State of Lesotho and Swaziland are all located within the territory of South Africa.

 

Reason for naming the country 

The name "South Africa" is derived from the country's geographic location at the southern tip of Africa.

Upon formation, the country was named The Union of South Africa reflecting its origin from the unification of four formerly separate British colonies.

Since 1961 the long form name has been the "Republic of South Africa".

In Dutch, the country was named Republiek van Zuid-Afrika, replaced in 1983 by the Afrikaans Republiek van Suid-Afrika.

Since 1994 the Republic has had an official name in each of its 11 official languages.

 

Capital

There are three capitals of South Africa

  • Pretoria (executive)

  • Bloemfontein (judicial)

  • Cape Town (legislative)

 

Flag

The flag of South Africa was adopted on 27 April 1994, 

The flag Consists of six colors Red, Blue, Green, White, Yellow

and Black.

It symbolizes the various political tendencies of the country

and the natural resources of the state. 

 

 

Language

South Africa has eleven official languages.

AfrikaansEnglishNdebeleNorthern SothoSothoSwaziTswanaTsongaVenda

Xhosa, and Zulu.

While all the languages are formally equal, some languages are spoken more than others.

The three most spoken languages are Zulu (22.7%), Xhosa (16.0%), and Afrikaans (13.5%)

 Despite that English is recognized as the language of commerce and science, it ranked fourth and was listed as the first language of only 9.6 %.

 

 

Religion

The major faiths practiced in South Africa are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions, and Judaism

 

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR)

 

Time Zone

There are 2 time zones in South Africa

+02:00 GMT

+03:00 GMT

 

Government Regime

Democracy

International Phone code

+27

Internet Code

.za

 

Some Facts About South Africa

 

 

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