South Africa Country Facts
Alternate Names: South Africa
Former Names: Union of South Africa
Capital City: Pretoria
Flag: 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
Size/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 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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