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SOUTH AFRICA AT A GLANCE

Head of State: 

President Thabo Mbeki

Size:  

1,2 million square kilometres.

Economic growth:

4.2%  1st Quarter (2006) and 4.9% 2nd Quarter (2006)

Annual 4.9% (2005)

Annual 4.5% (2004)

Key economic sectors:

Mining, services and transport, energy, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture.

Tourist arrivals:  

8 million (2005)

Population: 

45,45 million (2003).

Official languages: 

English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiNdebele

isiSwati, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho,

Setswana, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.

Literacy: 

86% (1996).

Urban population: 

53,7% (Census 1996).

Type of Government:

Constitutional multi-party democracy

with an independent judiciary.

The country is divided into nine provinces.

Major cities: 

Johanesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban,

Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, Kimberley.

Three capitals: Administrative (Pretoria), Legislative (Cape Town) and Judicial (Bloemfontein)

Currency: 

South African Rand ZAR

100 cents equals one Rand.
Transport infrastructure: 

Excellent, 7 200 km of tarred

national roads, 30 000 km of railway lines,

11 international-standard airports.

 

 

 

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