The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa , with a 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans , To the north lie Namibia , Botswana and Zimbabwe ; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland ; while Lesotho is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory.
South Africa is known for a diversity in cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Eleven official languages are recognised in the constitution . [ English , despite having a large role in public and commercial life, is only the fifth most-spoken home language.South Africa is ethnically diverse, with the largest European , Indian , and racially mixed communities in Africa. Although 79.5% of the South African population is black, the people are from a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages , nine of which have official status. [ About a quarter of the population is unemployed and lives on less than US $1.25 a day.