Wednesday, October 8, 2014

South Africa: 12 Fast, Fun Facts

We love the start of the month because we get to choose a new country to feature here on the Robin Street Market blog. Up next is the wonderfully diverse and distinct South Africa!

via Flickr by Warren Rohner
Read on for 12 interesting facts about this interesting Country and it's culture:

1. South Africa is the southernmost nation in Africa, and has the largest and most developed economy on the continent.

2. South Africa actually has three capital cities: Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

via Flickr by Harvey Barrison
3. As of 2011, the population for the country is 51.77 million.

4. There are 11 official languages recognized by the government of South Africa: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.

5. South Africa is divided into 9 provinces – Eastern Cape, Guateng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Free State and Western Cape.

6. Until 1994, South Africa was known for apartheid; however, the 1997 Constitution is considered one of the most progressive in the world.

7. The South African flag was established in 1994 and is a symbol of the long journey from disparity to unity. The flag was first flown at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration on May 10, 1994.

8. South Africa is home to the Tugela Falls, the second-highest waterfall in the world.

via Flickr by Rick McCharles
9. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Rainbow Nation,’ South Africa is home to many different cultural traditions and different languages.

10. Archaeological artifacts, tools, and human remains provide plenty of proof that humans have lived in the area for more than 100,000 years. This has encouraged South Africa to be nicknamed “The Cradle of Humankind.”

11. South African has a variety of traditional foods. This includes the beloved Bobotie dish, which contains rice, lamb and fragrant spices. Koeksisters (donuts soaked in sweet sauce), mealie pap (corn porridge) and biltong (cured and dried meat) are also very popular traditional dishes.

12. The national flower is the King Protea, which is native to many regions of the Western and Southern Cape.

via Flickr by Emma Forsberg

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