Country Description - South africa

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AIESEC help guide for South Africa.
AFRICA IN ME TEAM

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Country Description - South africa

  1. 1. SOUTH AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Pretoria Johannesburg English and 10 other languages South African South African rand (ZAR) +27 South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is divided into nine provinces and has 2,798 kilometers (1,739 mi) of coastline.[7][8][9] To the north lie the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South African territory.[10] South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by area and the 24th most populous country with over 51 million people. South Africa is a multiethnic society and has diverse cultures and languages. Eleven official languages are recognized in the constitution. Two of these languages are of European origin: English and Afrikaans, a language which originated mainly from Dutch that is spoken by the majority of white and Coloured South Africans. Weskus National Park Flag
  2. 2. SOUTH AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA South Africa is a popular tourist destination; among the main attractions are the diverse and picturesque culture, the game reserves and the highly regarded wines. South Africa boasts a range of cultural, historical, archaeological and geological sites that are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage Site project. We have sites like: - Robben Island - Voortrekker Monument The country is ranked sixth out of the world's seventeen megadiverse countries. Numerous mammals are found in the bushveld including lions, leopards, white rhinos, blue wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotamus and giraffes. A significant extent of the bushveld exists in the north-east including Kruger National Park and the Mala Mala Reserve, as well as in the far north in the Waterberg Biosphere. South Africa houses many endemic species, among them the critically endangered Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticullaris) in the Karoo. With more than 20000 species, South Africa is particularly rich in plant diversity. Also, the total number of fungi which occur in South Africa was conservatively estimated at about 200,000 species. South African art includes the oldest art objects in the world, which were discovered in a South African cave, and dated from 75,000 years ago. South Africa is also a special touristic destination based on some majored events hosted by the country like the FIFA World Cup 2010. It is also an attraction for sport tourists especially people which love Rugby, Cricket and Golf.

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