South Africa you BOSS you!

As you may know, South Africa is an incredibly diverse country. We are the RAINBOW NATION – a melting pot of culture, colours, religions and history.

For the your benefit dear Reader, here is the low down on Africa’s down low.

{Might I add that most of my readers AREN’T South African… home friends, you’re letting the side down. Hint Hint, Nudge Nudge}


Population – Est. 53 Million, of which around 79% are black, 9% are white, 9% are coloured* and the shortfall is made up of others. Obviously.

Languages – 11 Official Languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, Ndebele

Provinces – 9 make up the Republic of South Africa : Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo and the North West.

Capitals – 3. Yep, we have 3 capitals. The main government branches are divided between Cape Town (legislative capital), Pretoria (administrative capital) and Bloemfontein (judicial capital).


SA Cricketers
SA Cricketers
Confused yet? Here are some interesting facts about SA I bet you didn’t know. If you did, it’s OK, it’s not a competition.
  • South Africa is the only country to voluntarily give up it’s Nuclear Weapons program. Go us for world peace!
  • South African tap water is apparently 3rd best in the world, rated on safety and readiness to drink.
  • We had two Nobel Peace Prize Winners living on the same street – Nelson Mandela and ArchBishop Desmond Tutu.
  • South African Micro-Brewery Garagista makes fun of hipsters – how can you not love that?
  • South Africa is the only country so far to have hosted the Ruby, Soccer (Football) and Cricket World Cup.


Animals Roaming Wild at OppiKoppi
Animals Roaming Wild at OppiKoppi
A final note after this brief introduction…

South Africa is a country of incredible beauty, amazing experiences and a whole elephant load of fun. But many of our people also suffer from poverty, ill health and lack of education. It’s a very heart-wrenching thing to understand about home, and is too complex a situation to deal with in this single post. If you want to read more, here are a few links for your perusal.

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