It is in Africa
South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of
Land area:1,219,912 km²
Languages: 11 languages: Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northe,
Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Main cities: Kimberley ,Soweto ,Johannesburg
Neighbouringcountries:Namibia, Botswana, Zinbabwe, Mozambique,
Government: Parliamentary republic.
Head of state/president/king/queen:Jacob Zuma
Additional data:It has 2,798 miles of coastline on the Atlantic and Índico.
bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, to the east
by Mozambique and Swaziland.Is known as the rainbow nation.South
Africa is also a country of deep inequality between different social
groups, while there are great fortunes and the capitals are among the
major business centers in Africa, about one quarter of the South African
population is unemployed
and live on less than U.S. $ 1.25 a day.
Origins and history:
* On 31 May 1961, had its first State President(Charles Robberts Swart).
Before, it was a British colony.
*Apartheid: 1950-1994 word meaning 'the state of being apart', literally
'apart-hood) was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced
through legislation by the National Party (NP) governments, the ruling
party from 1948 to 1994, under which the rights of the majority black
inhabitants were curtailed and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained.
*In 1990 the National Party government took the first step towards
dismantling discrimination. Nelson Mandela was freed from jail and
political parties were made legal
Main cities:Pretoria, the seat of government,is a city located in the northern part of Gauteng
Province.The metropolitan area of Pretoria is the fifth most important in South Africa, with an
estimated population of 2,985,997
Main cities:Cape Town, seat of power legislativo is the second-most
populous city in South Africa, after Johannesburg,. Cape Town is famous
for its harbor as well as its natural setting of flora, Table Mountain and
Cape Point. It is also the most popular tourist destination Africa.
Traditions:South African society is multiracial, so when differentiating the origin of one
must be very careful, there are descendants of Afrikaners and British, who does not
give them grace to be confused. Miscegenation is currently urban areas has promoted
the disappearance of culture but there are still important traditions.
When a man wants to marry a woman, he must pay a sort of dowry, it is a relief that
the groom makes to the family of the woman for taking a daughter. Polygamy is
permitted, men desire but women are generally opposed, polyandry is also practiced
but is rare.Currently the country is being reinvented every day, and in that effort trying
to regain the artistic spirit that were denied during apartheid. To this end we can see
how the black art is coming to the galleries and how their music is present in the
Traditional food:Amasi: sour milk.
Biltong: salted dried meat (similar to jerky).
Bobotie: a dish originating in Malaysian cuisine, is like meatloaf with raisins and you
cooked egg on top, and often served with yellow rice, sambals, coconut, banana slices
Boerewors: a sausage traditionally has gone to braai (barbecue).
Bunny chow: is a kind of bread filled with curry.
Chatni: a sweet sauce that is usually poured on meat, especially on a local brand called
Mrs Ball's Chutney.
Gesmoorde vis: salted cod with potatoes and tomatoes and sometimes served with
Hoenderpastei: chicken pie, traditional Afrikaans.
Isidudu: pumpkin pap.
Koeksisters: specialty sweet
Sport:Racial and ethnic divisions are noticeable even in sports: the white Afrikaner
rugby fans are, while English-speaking whites prefer cricket. Blacks, however, are more
football fans.In rugby South Africa is a power, in fact, is considered the sport
nacional.62 The national team, known as the Springboks (gazelles) won the Rugby
World Cup twice (1995 and 2007).
As for football, the Federation of South Africa was suspended for several years because
of Apartheid by FIFA, as a result, the team could not participate in any official
tournament from 1974 to June 7, 1992.
Cricket is another important sport in South African life
Interesting places to visit:Table Mountain is a spectacular massif that rises a thousand
feet vertically a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean.The Kruger National Park is the
largest of South Africa