Land surface area
1 220 813 km2
Key economic sectors
Mining, transport, energy, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.
Total 59,62 million
Male 29,12 million (48,9%)
Female 30,5 million (51,1%)
Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equal one rand.
GMT +2 hours.
Constitutional multiparty democracy, with three spheres – local, provincial and national government.
Cape Town (legislative)
The Constitutional Court is located in Johannesburg.
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.
World-class infrastructure. Internet and WiFi access is widely available. The five mobile (cellular) networks are Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
Top-quality public and private healthcare is available throughout the country. Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas.
Source: Official Guide to South Africa