South Africa, as can be gathered from its name, is the country furthest to the south of the African continent. It is a vast country in terms of land area and has varying plateaus and climates from province to province. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of southern Africa stretching along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world’s 24th-most populous nation.
Prided as the “Rainbow Nation”, South Africa is a multicultural society and is the only country in the world to have 11 official languages and national anthem using those different languages. Although English is spoken widely in across the country, it is surprisingly ranked as fourth on the list of official languages behind Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.
- South Africa is surrounded to the south by two oceans which meet at Cape Point in Cape Town; the South Atlantic and Indian ocean
- South Africa is the only country in the world to have a multi-lingual nation anthem
- South Africa has the largest population of Indian people outside of India
- Prided as the “Rainbow Nation”, South Africa transitioned through its Apartheid history and is embracing its diversity
- South Africa’s chief exports include corn, diamonds, fruits, gold, metals and minerals, sugar, and wool
- South Africa is divided into 9 provinces, namely, the Eastern Cape, the Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, North West, the Western Cape
- South Africa’s capital is Pretoria
Due to the South Africa being a multi-ethnic country, there is no one single staple dish, but rather many, although maize is a widespread food amongst the population and every South African loves a braai (barbequed meat)!