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4 April 2006

Socioeconomic and political achievements, cultural diversity, a rich spread of languages, tourism and the challenges facing the country – this is what the latest edition of the South Africa Yearbook has to offer.

Updated annually by the Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS), the extensive yet easy-to-read Yearbook is not only confined to government programmes, and is extensively used by academics.

  • The Yearbook can be downloaded in PDF format from the GCIS website

“It is a comprehensive source of reference about South Africa, and entails many other aspects such as culture, languages, sports and music,” says the editor, Delien Burger

Some 27 000 copies of the newly published 2005/06 edition will be distributed for free to schools.

“We are getting an overwhelming response from schools since we started distributing it to them last year,” Burger says.

She adds that the book is also a success abroad, revealing South Africa to be a country alive with possibility.

“It reflects efforts by South Africans and government to build a better life for everyone.”

The book consists of 23 chapters, an addendum, contact details of government departments, parastatals and diplomatic missions in South Africa and abroad.

Recent legislation is also featured, along with a comprehensive index and pull-out map of South Africa, which includes the location of multipurpose community centres.

Over the past few years, the book’s design and content has been radically improved.

The third edition of the Pocket Guide to South Africa, a condensed version of the Yearbook, will be released next month.

The Yearbook, pocket guide and a related CD-Rom can be ordered from STE Publishers on +27 11 484 7824. It is also available at leading book stores.

Source: BuaNews