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

in the African Union  (light blue)

Location of South Africa
Capital
Largest cityJohannesburg[2]
Official languages

[Note 1]

Ethnic groups(2014[3])
ReligionSee Religion in South Africa
DemonymSouth African
GovernmentUnitaryparliamentaryconstitutional republic
Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
LegislatureParliament
National Council
National Assembly
Independence from the United Kingdom
• Union
31 May 1910
11 December 1931
31 May 1961
4 February 1997
Area
• Total
1,221,037 km2 (471,445 sq mi) (24th)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2015 estimate
54,956,900[4] (25th)
• 2011 census
51,770,560[5]:18
• Density
42.4/km2 (109.8/sq mi) (169th)
GDP (PPP)2016 estimate
• Total
$742.461 billion[6] (30th)
• Per capita
$13,321[6] (90th)
GDP (nominal)2016 estimate
• Total
$326.541 billion[6] (35th)
• Per capita
$5,859[6] (88th)
Gini (2009)63.1[7]
very high
HDI (2014)Increase 0.666[8]
medium · 116th
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 July 9, 2017


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