South Africa at a glance
1 219 090 km2
Key economic sectors
Mining and transport, energy, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture
Total: 51 770 560
Male: 23 188 791
Female: 26 581 769
0 – 14 years: 15 100 089
15 – 64 years: 33 904 480
Households: 14,45 million
- Sesotho sa Leboa
Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (local, provincial, national) democracy. Read more about South Africa's government.
- Pretoria (administrative)
- Cape Town (legislative)
- Bloemfontein (judicial)
The Constitutional Court is located in Johannesburg.
Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand
GMT +2 hours
- Cape Town to Johannesburg 1 400 km (880 miles)
- Johannesburg to Durban 600 km (380 miles)
- Port Elizabeth to Bloemfontein 700 km (440 miles)
Excellent roads, rail and air facilities (both domestic and international)
World-class infrastructure. Internet access is widely available. There are five mobile (cellular) networks.
Levied at 14%. Tourists may apply for tax refunds on purchases over R250 on departure.
Top-quality healthcare is available throughout the country, although basic in rural areas.
Inoculations are only required for those travelling from yellow-fever areas. Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas.