Land surface area

1 219 602 km2

Key economic sectors

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

Population

Total: 55,91 million
Male: 27,38 million (49%)
Female: 28,53 million (51%)

Official languages

English
isiZulu
isiXhosa
isiNdebele
Afrikaans
siSwati
Sepedi
Sesotho
Setswana
Tshivenda
Xitsonga

Currency

Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals one rand.

Time

GMT +2 hours

Government

Constitutional multiparty, three spheres – local, provincial and national government. Read more about South Africa’s government.

Capitals

Pretoria (administrative)
Cape Town (legislative)
Bloemfontein (judicial)

The Constitutional Court is located in Johannesburg.

Provinces

Eastern Cape
Free State
Gauteng
KwaZulu-Natal
Limpopo
Mpumalanga
Northern Cape
North West
Western Cape

Transportation

Excellent roads, rail and air facilities (both domestic and international).

Public transport in major cities include the Gautrain between Johannesburg and Pretoria and the Bus Rapid Transport System in major cities.

Telecommunications

World-class infrastructure. Internet access is widely available. There are five mobile (cellular) networks.

Health

Top-quality public and private healthcare is available throughout the country. Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas.