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Vredefort Dome

Vredefort Dome – the world’s biggest meteor crater

Two billion years ago a meteor bigger than Table Mountain hit the earth near what is today Johannesburg. The impact caused an explosion equivalent to a trillion tons of dynamite, turning 70 cubic kilometres of rock to dust - and possibly altering the earth's climate to make multicellular life possible. This is the Vredefort Dome.

Free State province, South Africa

The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. Lying between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, the region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the northeast.

Gauteng province, South Africa

With only 1.4% of South Africa's land area, the tiny province of Gauteng punches way above its weight, contributing around 34% to the national economy and some 7% to the GDP of the entire African continent.

KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa

The garden province of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal is a subtropical region of lush and well-watered valleys, washed by the warm Indian Ocean. A popular tourist destination, the province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north.
Mpumalanga province

Mpumalanga province, South Africa

Mpumalanga - "the place where the sun rises" - is a province with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, lying in the northeast of South Africa.

Western Cape province, South Africa

The Western Cape is one of South Africa's most beautiful provinces, a region of majestic mountains, colourful patchworks of farmland set in lovely valleys, long beaches and, further inland, the wide-open landscape of the semidesert Karoo.
Namaqualand flowers

South Africa’s plant life

South Africa's large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.
Public Protector House

South Africa’s Public Protector: frequently asked questions

As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to release a final report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration in relation to President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, we answer some frequently asked questions about the office of the Public Protector.

North West province, South Africa

North West lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east, and the Free State to the south. It is known as the Platinum Province for the wealth of the metal it has underground.
Languages of South Africa

The languages of South Africa

We're not called the rainbow nation for nothing. South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones besides. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life - but only the fifth most spoken home language.

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