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Motto: "!ke e: ǀxarra ǁke(ǀXam)
"Unity in Diversity"
Anthem: National anthem of South Africa
Location of  South Africa  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of  South Africa  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

Capital
Largest cityJohannesburg[2]
Official languages[Note 1]
Ethnic groups (2014[3])
DemonymSouth African
GovernmentUnitaryconstitutionalparliamentary republic
 - PresidentJacob Zuma
 - Deputy PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
LegislatureParliament
 - Upper houseNational Council
 - Lower houseNational Assembly
Independence from the United Kingdom
 - Union31 May 1910 
 - Self-governance11 December 1931 
 - Republic31 May 1961 
Area
 - Total1,221,037 km2 (25th)
471,443 sq mi
 - Water (%)negligible
Population
 - 2014 estimate54,002,000[4] (25th)
 - 2011 census51,770,560[5]:18
 - Density42.4/km2 (169th)
109.8/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2015 estimate
 - Total$725.004 billion[6] (30th)
 - Per capita$13,215[6] (90th)
GDP (nominal)2015 estimate
 - Total$323.809 billion[6] (35th)
 - Per capita$5,902[6] (88th)
Gini (2009)63.1[7]
very high
HDI (2013)Increase 0.658[8]
medium ·118th
CurrencySouth African rand (ZAR)
Time zoneSAST(UTC+2)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+27
ISO 3166 codeZA
Internet TLD.za

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of June 30, 2015


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