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Name(official): Republic of South Africa (former Union of South Africa)
Name(short): South Africa
Capital City: Pretoria - Administrative capital, (Capetown is the legislative center and Bloemfotein the judicial center)
Location: Southern Africa
Coordinate: 29 00 S, 24 00 E
  • 31 May 1910 (from Britain)
  • 31 May 1961 (became a republic)
  • 27 April 1994(majority rule and end of apatheid)
  • Jacob G. Zuma President from 9 May 2009
  • Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe (Executive Vice President since 11 May 2009). He was President from 25 Sept 2008 to 9 May 2009 replacing Mr Mbeki who was forced by his party, ANC to resign following a bitter internal power struggle with then party Chairman Jacob Zuma)
  • Baleka Mbete (V.P. from 25 September to 9 May 2009)
  • Mr Tabo Mbeki (President: 14 June 1999 - 24 Sept. 2008)
  • Nelson Mandela (President: 1994 - 1999) The first elected president in a fully democratic South Africa
Type of Government: Republic
Total Area: 1,221,040
Population: 45.4million (2002 est.)
People: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census).
Religion: Christians79.7%(various forms), Islam1.5%, others2.3%, unspecified1.4%, none15.1% (2001census)
Languages: (11 offical languages) IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Africaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, siSwati, isiNdebele.
Literacy: 86.4%total 87%male, 85.7%female (2003 est.)
Currency: Rand(1rand=100cents)
GDP(per capita): $12,800(2005est)
Arable Land: 12.1%
Agriculture: corn, wheat, sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool, dairy products
Natural resources: gold, platinum, uranium, copper, chromium, antimony, coal, natural gas, manganese, tin, iron ore, gem diamonds, nickel, phosphate, salt, vanadium.
Embassy in Japan: Embassy of the Republic of South Africa,
Chancery: Zenkyoren Building, 2-7-9, Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku. Post Code: 102-0093 Tel. 03-3265-3366/9
Embassy of South Africa, Japan
General Info: GCIS
International Phone Code: country code +27



Cape Town, Durban, Soweto, Johanesburg,Pretoria, Port Elizabeth.




South Africa is divided into 9 provinces as follows:
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North west, Northern Cape, Western Cape.


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