Johannensburg, South Africa Most important city of the country
It is divided into nine provinces and has 2,798 kilometres of coastal line. of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South African territory The population of South Africa is 43,792,000 (2001). The population of South Africa is 43,792,000 (2001).
South africa is the country whith more official languages in the world South Africa is the country with the most official languages. English being the 1 nationally understood, with the ten others being less widely spoken. Also, in South Africa, people speak what is known as Funnigalore. This is a slang form of incorporating words from any language into a sentance, and most people can usually understand this. Dutch and English were the first official languages of South Africa from 1910 to 1925. Dutch was replaced by Afrikaans when South Africa became a republic in 1961, and Dutch was dropped in 1983, so between 1983 and 1994, South Africa had two official languages: English and Afrikaans.
Además predominaba el cristianismo con 55% de la población protestante, 10% católica y el resto musulmanes, judios, islamitas, hindúes, entre otras. South Africa has a policy of freedom in religion, so there isn't a official religion in the country. But in the census in 2001 showed that the most practiced religion in the country is the Christianity, but has been losing population each year since the census. Now a days multiple different religions have been growing in the vast land of South Africa, and some of them don't believe in anything.
South African music is characterized by a fusion of local ideas with influences from other countries. Right from the days of colonization, the indigenous people of the country were influenced by the westerners and adopted their musical instruments and ideas
Ramkie- The South African ramkie is a homemade guitar constructed from an empty oil can and pieces of thin bicycle wire attached to a wooden guitar neck. Mamokhorong- The mamokhorong is a single-string violin developed in South Africa. It is played regularly in the dances of the culturally rich Cape Town area. The chipendani is a mouth bow from South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is shaped like a hunting bow and consists of one thin string that runs from one tip of the bow to the other.
The art community makes up a very small percentage of the total population due to their limited education; the South African artists got recognition in the international art world.
Today South Africa is a storehouse of the oldest and finest rock paintings in the world. During the apartheid era, there was a huge diversity in South African art. From landscape painting to abstract art and from personal issues to political issues, the artists portrayed a whole range of idea.
When Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress came into power at the end of the Apartheid in South Africa in 1994, they decided to change all of the national holidays to new national holidays that would be meaningful to all South Africans.
Hay platos autóctonos con carnes de la rica fauna africana, como la de avestruz, búfalo, kudu, impala y cocodrilo. Algunos de los guisos más típicos son el bobotie, basado en carne molida con especias, cocida al horno con una capa de huevo. Se cree que esta receta proviene de las colonias holandesas del este de la India. Potjiekos Éste se prepara al aire libre en un molde redondo y se cuece a la leña. Lleva carne, vegetales, almidones como arroz o papas y un poco de líquido que puede ser agua o vino. Por tradición se elabora en un lapso de cuatro horas mientras la gente socializa alrededor del fuego; proviene de la influencia de Holanda. Umqombothi Es un tipo de cerveza hecha en casa, rica en vitamina B y con bajo grado de alcohol. Por el contenido nutricional, es considerado también como un alimento
In South Africa the native coin is the Rand, its name comes from Witwatersrand , which means Hill of Waters, its an elevation where’s the city of Johannesburg, place where the mayor depocits of gold were found. The Rand was introduced on 1961.
• Human Rights Day March 21st• On April 27th, South Africans celebrateFreedom Day• Worker’s Day on May 1st• June 16th, Youth Day• National Women’s Day August 9th• Heritage Day on September• Day of Reconciliation on December 16th
• The FIFA World Cup in 2010 gave the world a glimpse ofmodern South Africa. However, it was also criticized forfailing to portray what living in South Africa means forlarge parts of the population. The country is diverse in allpossible aspects, from language to religion, owing to themany, many ethnicities unified in this nation.• The reality, however, still shows the old divides in terms ofeducation and income, for example. Blacks are, statisticallyspeaking, still the most underprivileged group withinSouth African society. Nonetheless, change does comestep by step, and South Africa has already successfullybegun to lose the aftertaste of decades of governmentalinequality and segregation through a series ofcountermeasures.
• Today, some of the most important economic sectors includeindustry, particularly the automotive and the emerging IT andcommunications sectors. About a quarter of the population is outof a job, and the majority of unemployed people live on less than1.25 USD a day, the threshold for extreme poverty.• South Africa has the continents biggest economy, though thiswent into recession in May 2009 following a sharp slowdown in themining and manufacturing sectors. The construction industry, onthe other hand, benefited from a huge program of governmentinvestment ahead of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa is, alongwith China, Brazil, Russia and India, a member of the BRICS club ofemerging world economic powerhouses.• South Africa has the second-highest number of HIV/Aids patients inthe world. Around one in seven of its citizens is infected with HIV.Free anti-retroviral drugs are available under a state-fundedscheme.
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