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South Africa Country Facts

Official Name: Republic of South Africa

Alternate Names: South Africa

Former Names: Union of South Africa

Capital City: Pretoria

South Africa FlagFlag: The Sotuh African flag has an upper band of red and lower band of blue with a black triangle at the hoist. Separating these three colors is a green sideways Y with a band of gold between the black triangle an green Y and a band of gold between the red and the Y and also between the blue and Y.

Date of Independence: May 31, 1910

National Anthem: Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

Population: 49,052,489

South Africa MapSize/Area: 1,219,912 sq km - slightly less than twice the size of Texas

Land Locked: No

Coastline: 2,798 km

Bordering Countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Administrative Divisions: 9 provinces - Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North-West, Western Cape

Major Cities: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg

Languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Pedi (Sotho Nord), Sotho (Sotho Sud), Swati (Swazi), Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

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%)

Major Holidays: New Year's Day, Human Rights Day (Mar 21), Good Friday, Family Day (Monday after Easter Sunday), Freedom Day (Apr 27), Workers Day (May 1), Youth Day (June 16), 9 August National Women's Day (Aug 9), Heritage Day (Sept 24), Day of Reconciliation (Dec 16), 25 December Christmas Day, Day of Goodwill (Dec 26)

Currency: Rand

Currency Code: ZAR

Highest Point: Njesuthi 3,408 m

Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Bordering Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Climate: Most Sotuh Africa has warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rainfall generally occurs from November through March.

Major Industries: mining (platinum, gold, chromium), automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair

Major Agricultural Products: corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool, dairy products

Natural Resources: gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas

Time Zone: UTC +2

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