World-beating megabridges to boost Wild Coast economy

A modern highway being built along the Eastern Cape’s remote Wild Coast will feature two massive bridges, the longest and highest in Africa, which...

South Africa’s geography

South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its long coastline stretching more than 2 500km from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast, southwards around the tip of Africa, then north to the border with subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.

South Africa’s nine provinces

There are striking differences between South Africa's nine provinces, from tiny, crowded and landlocked Gauteng to the hot, humid and almost equally crowded coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in the east and, in the west, the vast, dry and empty landscape of the Northern Cape.

South Africa: fast facts

    Map: Mary AlexanderSouth African facts at your fingertips ... Get up-to-date information on the country's land area, population, geography, climate, languages, religion...

South Africa’s languages

South Africa is a multilingual country. Its democratic Constitution, which came into effect on 4 February 1997, recognises 11 official languages, to which the state guarantees equal status.

The Western Cape

The Western Cape

If three pyramids are the symbol of Africa's far north, then a flat-topped mountain is the symbol of its far south. Cape Town nestles in the curve of Table Mountain at the start of the hook-shaped Cape Peninsula, which ends in the jagged cliffs of Cape Point.


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