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.

 

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.
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.

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.
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.
South African literature

South African literature

An overview of the main currents in South African literature, from Olive Schreiner's depiction of life on isolated Karoo farms to more recent work that tackles the aftermath of apartheid and pushes into the post-apartheid future.
Ramkie guitar

The origins of South African music

From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.

King Shaka International Airport

Throughout each year, as tourists flock to the golden beaches of South Africa's "Surf City", the containers roll in and out of the country's biggest port. Durban's new air thoroughfare for this traffic: King Shaka International Airport.
OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni, situated east of Joburg, is the busiest airport on the continent - and the air transport hub of southern Africa.

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