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South Africa

South Africa
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:220/230V*
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:M,
Note:*Grahamstad & Port Elizabeth 250V; also found in King Williams
TV Systems:
System:PAL I
DVD-Region: 2
Geography

Location:
Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa
Area:
total: 1,219,912 sq km
land: 1,219,912 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate:
mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights
Terrain:
vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain
Economy
GDP: $533.2 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 4.9% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $12,000 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 4% (2005 est.)
Currency: rand (ZAR)
Exchange rates:
rand per US dollar - 6.3593 (2005), 6.4597 (2004), 7.5648 (2003), 10.5407 (2002), 8.6092 (2001)
People
Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: -0.4% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, other Christian 36%, Islam 1.5%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)
Languages:
IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)
Government
Capital:
name: Pretoria (administrative capital)
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: Cape Town (legislative capital); Bloemfontein (judicial capital)
Independence:
31 May 1910 (from UK); note - South Africa became a republic in 1961 following an October 1960 referendum


Note: Information on South Africa was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about South Africa, please visit one of the links below.


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