In continuation of our 10 things you didn’t know Series, Today I’m going to take you on a trip to one of the most popular Country in Africa which is located in the southern most Axis of Africa hence the name South Africa. I will be bringing to your knowledge 10 things you didn’t know about South Africa.The Aim of this Article like Every other in the series is to unravel the mystery about the Country and make you want to Visit! Let me know after reading if the Aim was achieved.
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA
1. GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is the 24th most populated nation on Earth and the 25th largest country on Earth while it’s the 8th largest in Africa.its bounded in the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and it completely surrounds Lesotho.
2. NAMES AND LANGUAGES OF SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is special when it comes to its name, preferably let’s call it names. This is so because South Africa has 11 official names and 11 official language, a name for each official language. The major languages spoken in South Africa are, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans, The official name for South Africa are*Republiek van Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans)*iRiphabliki yeSewula Afrika (Southern Ndebele)*iRiphabliki yomZantsi Afrika (Xhosa)*iRiphabhuliki yaseNingizimu Afrika (Zulu)*iRiphabhulikhi yeNingizimu Afrika (Swati)*Repabliki ya Afrika-Borwa (Northern Sotho)*Rephaboliki ya Afrika Borwa (Sotho)*Rephaboliki ya Aforika Borwa (Tswana)*Riphabliki ra Afrika Dzonga (Tsonga)*Riphabuḽiki ya Afurika Tshipembe (Venda)* South Africa (English).
3. CULTURE OF SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is a multi ethnic country. its made up of many cultures and traditional wholly represented in the country’s constitution hence why it has 11 names and 11 official language. it’s often called the rainbow nation as a result of its multi cultural diversity. Notable of the cultures are the Afrikaners,the Xhosa,the Swati, the Zulu and all others represented in the official languages. South Africa has some of the oldest work of Arts dating back over 75,000 years which were found in a cave making it some of the oldest in the world.
4. ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Among the oldest Archaeological and human fossil sites in the world, South Africa has a special place. Some caves in the Guateng province of South Africa have been termed The cradle of mankind and named a world heritage site by UNESCO. This is because lots of fossils cutting across different developmental stages of the modern man have been found there and in other parts of South Africa dating back over 3.4 million years.
5. TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
A tourist coming to south Africa for the first time would be confused with so many choices. The tourism profile in south Africa is enormous as they are lots of tourist Attraction in the Southern Country. notable of mention include the infamous Robben island, the oldest crater on Earth which dates 2 billion years called Vredefort Dome. and 6 other world heritage sites, they are also national parks where endangered animals like the white rhino and the riverine rabbits can be seen.
6. POLITICAL SCENE IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa is among the relatively few countries in the world that has never had a coup. Elections have been held here for over a century. South Africa got her independence in 1931 from the United Kingdom and became a republic in 1961. The current president of South Africa is Jacob Zuma. He is the 4th president of South Africa following the end of Apartheid in 1994. South Africa has 3 capitals. one for each Arm of government, The capitals of South Africa are Pretoria (administrative),Cape Town (legislative),Bloemfontein (judicial)Worthy of mention also is the Fact that South Africa is the First and only African Nation to successfully develop Nuclear weapon.Although they were all dismantled in 1991.
7. ECONOMY OF SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has a mixed economy, the second largest in Africa after Nigeria.South Africa is a popular tourist destination, and a substantial amount of revenue comes from tourism.The South African agricultural industry contributes around 10% of formal employment, relatively low compared to other parts of Africa,In August 2013, South Africa was ranked as the top African Country of the Future by FDi magazine based on the country’s economic potential, labour environment, cost-effectiveness, infrastructure, business friendliness, and Foreign direct investment Strategy.
8. EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa has an over 89% adult literacy rate.it runs a 3 tier system of education starting with primary school, followed by high school and tertiary education in the form of (academic) universities and universities of technology. the young have twelve years of formal schooling, from grade 1 to 12. followed by 4 years in the university.South Africa boast of the best universities in Africa.
9. FOOD IN SOUTH AFRICA
South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale.
10. HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
I actually choose to place this last in the article because South Africa has one of the most interesting History you would ever read of any country.