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South Africa is pronounced sowth a·fruh·kuh” and is one of the 9 countries located in Southern Africa. This country got its name because of it’s location at the southern tip of Africa. This country is known for its abundant wildlife. According to the American Community Survey, as of 2021 there are 123,461 people from South Africa that live in the United States. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, South Africa.

South Africa African Country Flag

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What Does The South Africa Flag Represent?

  • RED: blood flowing in conflicts
  • BLUE: sky
  • GREEN: the territory of the country
  • BLACK: Black people in Africa
  • WHITE: European people
  • YELLOW: Symbolizes gold from natural sources

Where is South Africa located?

South Africa is located in North Africa bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Eswatini. Also Lesotho is landlocked within this country.

World Data Locator Map, South Africa

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What Timezone is South Africa in?

South African is in the South Africa Standard Time.


Facts About South Africa

  1. Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein
  2. Population: 60.7 Million
  3. Nationality: South African
  4. South Africa is made up of 9 Provinces
  5. Political system: constitutional republic
  6. National symbols: King protea flower, real yellowwood tree, the Springbok, the Galjoen, and the Blue crane.
  7. Drinking age: 18
  8. Side of road to drive on: Left (opposite of the USA)

Why Does South Africa Have 3 Capitals?


What Are The Official Languages of South Africa?

South Africa has 11 official languages which are; English, Xhosa, Zulu, Southern Sotho, Venda, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Xitsonga, Swati, Afrikaans, and Ndebele.

Learn How To Speak Zulu

Learn How To Speak Xhosa

Learn How To Speak Xitsonga

Learn How To Speak Afrikaans

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What is the Currency in South Africa?

South African Rand is used in South Africa

$1 = R16.78

$20 = R335.61

$60 = R1006.83

10 Rand Banknote, Currency of South Africa

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Popular music genres in South Africa are; Amapiano, House Music, Kwaito, Mbaqanga, Kwela, Isicathamiya and Gqom.

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What Are The Religions of South Africa?

In South Africa the religions practiced are; Christian (80%), No Religious Affiliation (15%), and Other Religions including Muslim, Hindu, and Jewish (5%).


What Are The Traditional Foods of South Africa?


Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in South Africa:

Here are a few places you should definitely visit while in this country:

  • Table Mountain

Is South Africa Safe?

Currently South Africa is at “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.

The Best Places To Live In South Africa:

I hope this information has given you more insight into South Africa but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa