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South Africa

South Africa
  • Capital

    Capital

    Pretoria

  • Local time

    Local time

    19:13

  • Population

    Population

    56.72 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Left

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +27

  • Currency

    Currency

    R ZAR (rand)

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South Africa

South Africa
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Pretoria

  • Local time

    Local time

    19:13

  • Population

    Population

    56.72 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Left

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +27

  • Currency

    Currency

    R ZAR (rand)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 979

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.19 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    495mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    1 219 912 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    9%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    8%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    79%

  • Railways

    Railways

    20500km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    19.5 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    black African - 79 %
    white - 9 %
    colored - 8 %

  • Religion

    Religion

    Zion Christian - 11 %
    Pentecostal/Charismatic - 8 %
    Catholic - 7 %

  • Literacy rates

    Literacy rates

    94.4%

  • Languages

    Languages

    IsiZulu
    IsiXhosa
    Afrikaans

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    82 150

  • Murders

    Murders

    34 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    11.5 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    31.4%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    7.6%

  • Malaria

    Malaria

    3%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    834 per 100k

  • HIV

    HIV

    18.9%

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    mining, gold, automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    -14%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    16%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    489 772kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    82 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    69

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What not to do when visiting South Africa

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Don’t forget there are several greeting styles in South Africa depending upon the ethnic heritage of the person. Most South Africans shake hands while maintaining eye contact and smiling when dealing with foreigners. Some women may merely nod their head only - it’s best to wait or a woman to extend her hand.

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Don't rush deals - South African business dealings are very casual.

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Don't sunbathe nude unless you are at the designated nude beach. Wear a bikini if you are a woman, or a pair of swim trunks if you are a man.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Elon Musk and J.R.R Tolkien were both born in South Africa.

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Don't ever use the words "Negro" or "Black" which is banned in South Africa, as it's reflecting black slaves and their descendants trafficked to the United States.

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Don't leave food on your plate when you have finished eating.

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Don't touch someone's arm or stand too close to someone.

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Don't forget to raise right hand, palm toward each other when greeting, as it symbolises "No weapons" in ancient times, and is widely used as a symbol of friendship nowadays.

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Don't use left hand - use either both hands or your right hand to give or receive a present, and open your gift immediately. Give gifts such as cigars, whiskey, wine, a souvenir from your hometown, or flowers.

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Don't call African indigenous "African", as in Africa, the so-called African refers only to a specific group of people, the Republic of South Africa Netherlands Hispanic whites.

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Don't call Afrikaners "Dutchmen" and don't call Afrikaans "Kitchen Dutch". Afrikaners don't consider themselves Dutch.

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Don't smoke nor throw cigarette end or fire at all times in case causing forest fire.

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Don't photograph someone without asking, as Africans generally believe that the camera can absorb and exhaust the essence of people, houses and livestock.

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Don't feed animals.

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Don't break the strict hunting taboos when visiting wildlife - don't imitate animal sounds, throw objects, or corner a wild animal.

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Don’t leave your vehicle when visiting wildlife - always follow the instructions of your guide and observe park regulations.

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Don’t wear expensive clothes or shiny jewellery in public - keep a low profile to avoid unwanted attention.

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Don't rush or be quite after a meal - it's polite to stay and talk with your friends.

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Don't accept the first offered price at markets or street shops - haggle a bit.

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Don’t ignore the power of the ocean and don’t swim alone in isolated beach areas - strong sea currents at the South African coastline.

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Don't forget to have proper clothing and supplies for every weather when hiking - weather conditions can change rapidly at any time.

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Don't take pictures of airports, government and military buildings, as well as soldiers, police or officials.

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