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.

 

South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu explores the country's heritage through food in her new cookery book

Cookbook celebrates South Africa’s culinary heritage

South African chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu is taking local cuisine to the world with the release of her new cookbook, Through the Eyes of an...

Our Constitution has got your back

South Africa’s Constitution protects the rights of all of us, so well, that it has real benefits in our everyday lives. That was the...

South Africa’s arts and crafts

No doubt about it - South Africans are a crafty bunch. The country's people produce a remarkable range of arts and crafts, working from the pavements and markets of the big cities to deep rural enclaves, with every possible form of traditional artwork - and then some.

Government in South Africa

South Africa is a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system of government, an independent judiciary, and a Constitution - the highest law of the land - recognised as one of the most progressive in the world.

Why does South Africa celebrate Heritage Day?

Heritage Day – 24 September – is one of South Africa's newer public holidays, declared after the republic became a democracy in 1994. The...

What’s in a South African name? From Krotoa to Van der Stel

Despite generations of official efforts to keep South Africans apart, racial mingling goes back to the very first years when white and black met at the Cape of Good Hope.
Albert Luthuli

The legacy of Albert Luthuli

ANC president from 1952 to 1967, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert Luthuli was the most respected African leader of his era. The Albert Luthuli Legacy Project keeps the story of Luthuli - and the millions of people he represented - alive for a generation of South Africans born into freedom.

South Africa: fast facts

South African facts at your fingertips . up-to-date information on the country's economy, population, climate, languages, education and more.
High school students taunt police photographers during the June 16 1976 youth uprising in Soweto, South Africa.

June 16 1976: The day youth changed South Africa’s history

It took a single day for young South Africans to change the course of South Africa's history, setting us on the path to democracy....

Discover South Africa’s untamed and beautiful Wild Coast

The Wild Coast is one of South Africa's most remote stretches of shoreline. Stretching from East London in the Eastern Cape all the way north to Port Edward and the southern border of KwaZulu-Natal, the region is home to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world.

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