This article is little different from what you normally expect while reading a travel blog. If you are thinking for your South Africa Travel plan and want to convince yourself that why you should visit South Africa? then just read about some geographic and historical facts without going into details about what you will find or get there.
South Africa was as soon as divided into 2 British Colonies, specifically the Colony of Natal and the Cape Colony, and two “Boer” Afrikaner Republics, specifically the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. The Union of South Africa was formed in 1910 after 8 years of settlements after the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 – 1902. The Republic of South Africa as it is today was kind in 1961, which covers the southern tip of Africa and an area of 1,2 million square kilometers.
The nation was divided into 9 provinces (states) in 1994 when we had our first democratic elections and Mr. Nelson Mandela became president. The provinces are: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and Gauteng. Each province has its own capital and the country has three capital cities, namely Pretoria the administrative capital, Bloemfontein the judicial capital and Cape Town the legislative capital.
The population has to do with 45,3 million individuals and is comprised of 13 different groups, particularly the Zulu, Xhosa, Shangaan, Ndebele, Swazi, Pedi, South Sotho, Tswana, Venda, Khoisan, Coloured, Asian and White. To mix things up even more, we have 11 main languages which English is the most frequently spoken. Afrikaans is primarily spoken in between your white and coloured home owner and it is derived from Dutch, German and French.
South Africa has 6 neighbouring nations, particularly Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and unfortunately poor old Zimbabwe. Its 2700-kilometer shoreline fors example four of Africa’s biggest harbours – Durban and Richards Bay along the Indian Ocean and Cape Town and Saldanha Bay along the Atlantic Ocean.
South Africa has a moderate climate with 3 rains regions, the majority of the nation has summer season rains, the South Western Cape has a Mediterranean environment with winter rain and a very small area along the south eastern coastline know as the “Garden Route” has all year round rainfall. Summer is essentially from October to April and winter is June, July and August.
South Africa has a two tier government, a national government with a democratically elected president and each province has its own provincial legislature. Considering that the political weather change of 1994 the South African society has actually made great strides to a democratic, socially more equitable and economically more internationally competitive country. It has, in truth, become a leader in many spheres of international north-south relations. Current growth southern African economy is mainly based on the tourist sector, a gradually diversifying and progressively competitive production sector, value-adding beneficiation of mineral and agricultural basic materials and a sophisticated trading, financial and professional services sector.
Worldwide South Africa can be ranked among “upper middle income nations” like Chile, Portugal, Korea, Malaysia, Turkey, Brazil and Poland.
South Africa was as soon as divided into two British Colonies, specifically the Colony of Natal and the Cape Colony, and 2 “Boer” Afrikaner Republics, particularly the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. The Republic of South Africa as it is today was form in 1961, which covers the southern tip of Africa and a location of 1,2 million square kilometers.
South Africa has a two tier federal government, a national federal government with a democratically chosen president and each province has its own provincial legislature.