Previously posted on June 15, 2010. Click it here.
This country is now currently becoming an international sensation. Previously, it has achieved so after one of its best teams, led by Francois Pienaar, won 1995 Rugby World Cup, exactly a year after the discriminatory policy of apartheid was dismissed from the country. And now, FIFA World Cup is taking place here. And, still, a million other problems the country has to solve. Here are the facts:
1. The official name of South Africa:
English: South Africa – Republic of South Africa
Afrikaans: Suid-Afrika – Republiek van Suid-Afrika
Xhosa: Mzantsi Afrika – IRiphabliki yaseMzantsi Afrika
Zulu: Ningizimu Afrika – IRiphabliki yaseNingizimu Afrika
Southern Ndebele: Sewula Afrika – IRiphabliki yeSewula Afrika
Northern Sotho: Afrika-Borwa – Rephaboliki ya Afrika-Borwa
Sotho: Afrika Borwa – Rephaboliki ya Afrika Borwa
Tswana: Aforika Borwa – Rephaboliki ya Aforika Borwa
Swati: Ningizimu Afrika – IRiphabhulikhi yeNingizimu Afrika
Venda: Afurika Tshipembe – Riphabuḽiki ya Afurika Tshipembe
Tsonga: Afrika Dzonga – Riphabliki ra Afrika Dzonga
2. Unlike Indonesia, whose official language is just one, absolutely Indonesian, there are 11 official languages in South Africa, which are Afrikaans, South African English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu. Hell, the students are gonna be insane ’cause they’ve got to learn until a-dozen-minus-one languages!
3. South Africa’s overall population is approximately 50 million by the year of 2010. Ethnical composition: 80% Blacks (40 million), 10% Whites (5 million), 3% Asians (1.5 million, dominantly of Indian origin), and the rest are Coloured, which are people born with mixed origins or races.
4. 5.4 million out of its 50 million population are positively infected with HIV/AIDS, equivalent to 1 out of 9 persons.
5. Whites control 80% of South Africa’s economy, as a result of a five-decade apartheid policy, on which Blacks were subsequently prohibited of all exclusive rights held by the Whites.
6. One quarter (25%) of the population is unemployed, a terrifying portrayal in a Second World country. Despite high poverty and unemployment, the number of Blacks in middle-, upper middle-, and upper-class is also currently on the rise. Government has so far provided 3 million public housing units for the Blacks. Meanwhile, most of the Whites used to, and are still used to, living to the standard of First World, while majority of the Blacks are living to the standard of Third World countries.
7. There are 3 capitals in South Africa: the legislative capital is Cape Town, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein, and the executive capital is Pretoria. The largest city is Johannesburg.
8. There are 9 provinces, which are Eastern Cape (pop: 6.5 million), Free State (pop: 2.8 million), Gauteng (pop: 10.5 million), KwaZulu-Natal (pop: 10.3 million), Limpopo (pop: 5.3 million), Mpumalanga (pop: 3.7 million), Northern Cape (pop: 1.1 million), North West (pop: 3.3 million), Western Cape (pop: 5.3 million).
9. South Africa is ranked sixth out of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, with more than 20.000 known species of plants fluorishing in the country.
10. It has 6 nukes, and hasn’t been detonated yet.
11. South Africa’s GDP is approximately 300 billion US$, equivalent to 6000 US$ for each person per annum. GDP is a measure of a national economic output and market values of all the goods and services made in the country for each year.
12. Total number of South Africa’s workforces employed in formal sectors: 17.5 million. 65% are involved in service-related sectors, 26% in industry, and the other 9% in agricultural-related sectors. 25 million of its people are stated as ‘impoverished’, earning less than 2 dollars a day (based on international standard, one who earns less than 2 dollars a day, lives under poverty line), nearly 50% of the total population.
13. An estimated 1 to 1.6 million skilled professionals have emigrated out of the country. Experts estimate that the loss of 1 skilled man will cost other 10 unskilled individuals losing their jobs.
14. Oh, oh, bad news: in terms of electricity, South Africa is nearly as bad as Indonesia. Nationwide blackouts used to frequently take place, and until now, still happen regularly in some places across the country.
15. The biggest cities in South Africa:
Code Rank City Population Province Annual Growth Rate
JHB 1 Johannesburg 8,837,000 Gauteng 2.47%
CPT 2 Cape Town 3,653,000 Western Cape 1.43%
ETH 3 Durban 3,192,000 Kwazulu-Natal 1.36%
EKU 4 Germiston 2,724,229 Gauteng 1.36%
TSH 5 Pretoria 2,450,000 Gauteng 1.41%
NMA 6 Port Elizabeth 1,572,000 Eastern Cape 0.41%
JHB 7 Vereeniging 1,074,000 Gauteng 0.41%
EC125 8 East London 958,000 Eastern Cape 0.32%
FS172 9 Bloemfontein 752,906 Free State 0.21%
GT421 10 Vanderbijlpark 650,867 Gauteng 0.13%
For more information, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa