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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.
South African facts at your fingertips . up-to-date information on the country's economy, population, climate, languages, education and more.
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.
South Africa is a nation of diversity, with over 50-million people and a wide variety of cultures, languages and religious beliefs. Find out about our population groups, their distribution across the country's nine provinces, and more.
Thanks to the world’s largest antiretroviral treatment programme, South Africans’ life expectancy is now 64 years, up from 53 years in 2006 and putting...
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 has nine provinces, each with its own legislature, premier and executive council - and distinctive landscape, population, economy and climate.
South Africa's Eastern Cape is a region of great natural beauty, from the rugged cliffs, rough seas and dense forest of the Wild Coast to the desolate Great Karoo, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its rich apple harvests, and the mountainous southern Drakensberg region.
The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. Lying between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, the region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the northeast.
With only 1.4% of South Africa's land area, the tiny province of Gauteng punches way above its weight, contributing around 34% to the national economy and some 7% to the GDP of the entire African continent.