SA Fast Facts

SA Fast Facts

South African facts at your fingertips … up-to-date information on the country's economy, population, geography, climate, languages and more.

 

It's about us

It’s about us

It's a book about us, a collection of photographs about living in South Africa that make us "smile, laugh, feel proud and occasionally cry" - by Pierre Crocquet, a professional photographer who has joined the Proudly South African campaign.
Fifty years of Patrick Mynhardt

Fifty years of Patrick Mynhardt

Herman Charles Bosman, the 'Bard of the Bushveld', is one of South Africa's most famous storytellers - thanks in no small part to actor Patrick Mynhardt, who has been bringing the stories to life for thousands in South Africa and abroad for 34 years. And telling a few of his own along the way ...
The press in South Africa

The press in South Africa

The turbulent passage from apartheid to democracy made South Africans remarkably news hungry. Now they're fed by a robust, free and flourishing press, that includes almost 50 major newspapers. Read all about it!
The end of the first modern war

The end of the first modern war

One hundred years ago the first 'modern war', involving all the ugly signatures of 20th century warfare - guerrilla tactics, camouflage uniforms, concentration camps, attacks on civilians - ended in a small rural town south-west of Johannesburg.
We're living in an urban forest

We’re living in an urban forest

It's official - there are six million trees in Johannesburg. On satellite pictures, the city looks like a rain forest. But in the 1880s, when Afrikaner farmers settled on the Witwatersrand, there was hardly a tree in sight.
electricity consumer eskom

Consumer help: electricity

Directory of Eskom call centres, plus contacts for the National Electricity Regulator.

Afrofusion: dance in South Africa

In one field especially, the new freedoms of post-apartheid South Africa have brought new life - dance has became a prime means of artistic expression, with dance companies expanding and exploring new territory.
South African theatre

South African theatre

The theatre scene is buzzing in South Africa, with over 100 active spaces across the country offering everything from indigenous drama, music, dance, cabaret and satire to West End and Broadway hits, classical opera and ballet.
Searching for Enoch Sontonga

Searching for Enoch Sontonga

An act of vandalism helped locate the grave of the man who wrote South Africa's national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. The discovery of the grave, now a national monument, ended months of detective work by Johannesburg officials, archeologists and historians.

Exploring Jo’burg with Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, founder of non-violent resistance and father of India's struggle for independence from Britain, arrived in South Africa in 1893 and, between return visits to India, stayed in the country for 21 years before going back to his homeland.

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