Find out everything you need to know about South Africa at glance.
Land surface area
1 220 813 km²
Key economic sectors
Mining services and transport
Total: 56.52 million
Male: 27.62 million (49%)
Female: 28.9 million (51%)
Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals one rand.
1 April to 31 March
1 March to the end of February
GMT +2 hours
South Africa has a constitutional multiparty democracy, with three spheres – national, provincial and local government.
Cape Town (legislative)
The Constitutional Court is based in Johannesburg.
The country has excellent roads, rail and air facilities (both domestic and international).
Public transport in the major cities include the Gautrain between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and a Bus Rapid Transport System.
The infrastructure of the country is world-class, with internet access is widely available.
Top-quality public and private healthcare is available throughout the country. Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas.
Source: 2016/17 Pocket Guide to South Africa
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