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South Africa is one of the most industrialized countries in Africa.
South Africa at a glance.
South Africa Land surface area
1 220 813 km2

Key economic sectors
Mining services and transport, energy, manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture

Population: Mid-year Population Estimates, 2017
Total: 56,52 million
Male: 27,62 million (49%)
Female: 28,9 million (51%)

Official languages
English
isiZulu
isiXhosa
isiNdebele
Afrikaans
siSwati
Sepedi
Sesotho
Setswana
Tshivenda
Xitsonga

Currency
Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals one rand.

Time
GMT +2 hours

Government
Constitutional multiparty, three spheres – local, provincial and national government. Read more about South Africa’s government.

Capitals
Pretoria (administrative)
Cape Town (legislative)
Bloemfontein (judicial)

The Constitutional Court is located in Johannesburg.

Provinces

Eastern Cape
Free State
Gauteng
KwaZulu-Natal
Limpopo
Mpumalanga
Northern Cape
North West
Western Cape

Transportation
Excellent roads, rail and air facilities (both domestic and international).

Public transport in major cities include the Gautrain between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the Bus Rapid Transport System in major cities.

Telecommunications
World-class infrastructure. Internet access is widely available. There are five mobile (cellular) networks.

Health
Top-quality public and private healthcare is available throughout the country. Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas.

Source: Statistics South Africa’s Mid-year Population Estimates, 2017