About South Africa 

Due to the many request from all over the World for more information about where we are situated, this page will try to answer that with a fact sheet about the Country situated at the Southern Most tip of the Continent of Africa!


People
Population: 43,931,000. Age Distibution: <15:39%, 65>4%. 
Population Density: 92 per sq. mile. Urban: 57% 
Ethnic Groups: Black: 75%: White: 14%; Coloured: 9%; Indian: 3%. 
Principal Languages: Afrikaans, English, Nguni, and Sotho. 
Religions: Mainly Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
Geography
Area: 473,290sq. miles - about twice the size of Texas. 
Location:  At the southern extreme of Africa. 
Neighbours: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe on North, Mozambique and Swaziland on East; surrounds Lesotho. 
Capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial). 
Cities: Durban- 1.1min., Cape Town - 1,9min., Johannesburg - 1,9min., and Pretoria - 1,0min.
Government
Type: Federal Republic with bicameral parliament and universal suffrage. 
Head of State and Government: Pres. Thabo Mbeki. 
Deputy President: Dr Jacob Zuma
Local Divisions: 9 Provinces. Defense: 2,5% of GDP (1993)
Economy
Industries: Steel, tyres, motors, textiles & plastics. 
Chief Crops: Corn, wool, diary products, grain, tobacco, sugar & fruit. 
Minerals: Gold (largest producer), chromium, antimony, coal, iron, manganese, nickel, phosfates, tin, uranium & platinum. 
Other  Resources:  Wool. Arable land 10% 
Labour Force: 10% agricultural, 20% industrial, and 55 % service.
Finance
Monetary unit:  Rand (Jan' 99: 1.00=$0.17 US) 
Gross domestic products(1992) : $115bin. Per capital GDP $2,800. 
$21,2 bin.; partners: Ger. 19%, US 68%, UK 12%. 
Exports: (1992): $23.8bin.:partners US 43%, Japan 9%. 
Tourism (1990) : $1.0bin. receipts. National budget (1993):$36 bin. 
International reserves less gold (2/94) : $956min. Gold:4.84 min. ox.
Consumer prices (change in 1993) :  9.7%
Transportation
Railroads: Length: 13,432 miles 
Motor Vehicles: 3,4 min. passenger cars, and 1,5.min comm. vehicles. 
Civil Aviation: 5,2 bin. passenger miles. 
Chief Ports: Durban, Cape Town, East London & Port Elizabeth.
Communication
Television sets:  1 per 11 persons. 
Radios : 1 per 3,9 persons 
Telephones: 1 per 7,5 persons. 
Daily newspaper circ.: 38 per 1000 pop.
Education
Literacy: 99% (Whites), 69% (Asians), 62% (Coloured), and 50% (Blacks).
Health
Life expectancy at birth (1994): 62 years for males; 68 years for females. 
Births (per 1,000 pop): 34 
Deaths (per 1,000 pop): 8. 
Natural increases:2,6%. 
Physicians: 1 per 1,271 persons. 
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births in 1994): 47.
The colour scheme used is as it appears in the New Flag of South Africa. This flag was adopted after the  demise of Apartheid and the dawn of a New Era!
The Countries of Africa

 
Country
Population in millions
Country
Population in millions
Algeria 
Angola 
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African  Rep Chad
Comores
Congo
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia 
23.0
10.0
4.0
1.2
7.9
4.7
11.5
0.4
2.9
5.5
0.5
2.2
0.5
50.0
0.4
50.0
1.2
0.9
15.0
6.7
0.9
12.1
24.0
1.7
2.4 
Libya 
Madagascar 
Malawi 
Mali 
Mauritania 
Morocco 
Mozambique 
Namibia 
Niger 
Nigeria 
Rwanda 
Sao Tome/Princ 
Senegal 
Sierra Leone 
South Africa 
Somalia 
Sudan 
Swaziland 
Tanzania 
Togo 
Tunisia 
Uganda 
Zaire 
Zambia 
Zimbabwe 
4.0 
11.4
7.0
9.0 
2.0
24.5 
15.0 
1.3
7.5
100.0 
6.7 
0.1 
7.2 
4.1
43.9 
6.3
26.0
0.7 
25.0 
3.5 
7.7 
16.0 
32.0
8.0 
9.0 


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