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Unity In Diversity.

 

General


Population: 48,375,645 (2014), 48,601,098 (2013)
Land Area: 1,219,912 sq km
Natural Resources: Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas
Capital: Pretoria
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Jacob Zuma (May 9th 2009)
Languages: IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga
Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Major Religions: Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, Other Christian 36%, Other 2.3%, Unspecified 1.4%, None 15.1%
Major Ethnicities: African 79%, Caucasian 9.6%, Mixed 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%
Life Expectancy: 49.56 years (2014), 49.48 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 353.9 billion (2013), 384.3 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 595.7 billion (2013), 592 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 11,500 (2013), 11,400 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 2% (2013), 2.5% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 2.6%, Industry 29%, Services 68.4% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 9%, Industry 26%, Services 65% (2007)
Industries: Mining, automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair
Agriculture Products: Corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables; beef, poultry, mutton wool, dairy products
Human Development Index: 0.658 (118th)(2014), 0.629 (121st)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 6.729 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 24.9% (2013), 22.7% (2012)

MilitarySouth Africa Map


Army Size: 55 750 (2004)
Budget: 1.7% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

South Africa is located in Southern Africa. South Africa is bordered by Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. South Africa has a strong economy for an African country. Since the end of Apartheid the government has been trying to break the income gap between its Caucasian citizens and African citizens. The economy is very developed and is diversified in many sectors. South Africa also has large amounts of natural resources, notably precious metals.

(2014) Although South Africa continues to grow at a steady pace and this is expected to continue into 2014. Much work remains to be done in order to reduce poverty and civil unrest.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: South Africa
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: South Africa
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/ZAF.html

Updated on: December 26th, 2014