About South Africa    

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KEY FACTS

GENERAL:

OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of South Africa

South Africa is a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system of government, an independent judiciary, and a Constitution - the highest law of the land - recognised as one of the most progressive in the world.

POPULATION (Census 2011): 51.77-million
MEASURES: metric system
CURRENCY: One rand (R) = 100 cents
TIME: Two hours ahead of GMT
INTERNET DOMAIN: .za

GEOGRAPHY:
AREA: 1 219 090 square kilometres
AGRICULTURE: 81.6% of total land area
ARABLE LAND: 12.1% of total
IRRIGATED LAND: 10.15% of arable land

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

ECONOMY

CURRENCY: Rand (R)
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RANKING IN TERMS OF GDP SIZE: 25th largest in the world (IMF)

GDP COMPOSITION BY SECTOR (2015):

Agriculture 2%, Finance 22%, Government 17%, Trade 15%, Manufacturing 13%, Transport and Communication 10%, Mining 8%, Personal Services 6%, Construction 4%, Utilities 4%

KEY INDUSTRIES:

Mining (world's largest producer of platinum, chromium), Automobile Assembly, Metal- working, Machinery, Textiles, Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Fertilisers, Foodstuffs, Commercial Ship Repair.

LABOUR FORCE (JULY 2015): 15.7 million people employed (STATSSA)

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