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Last update : 19 February 2019


South Africa information

Capital : Pretoria
Language :  Afrikaans, English
Currency :  South African rand
Population : 55 908 000
Area : 1 221 037 km2

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South Africa facts

Facts automatically translated into English from the poznajnieznane.pl and paczka-wiedzy.pl page. I'm sorry for all the mistakes.


1. 57.5% of fatal accidents were caused by people under the influence of alcohol.

2. Over 9,910,000 motor vehicles are registered in this country (180 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

3. There are currently 3 “skyscrapers” in Johannesburg (buildings over 150 meters high).

4. The national top-level domain is .za . There are over 946,000 websites with this extension.

5. The most popular pages with the extension .za are google.co.za, gumtree.co.za and bidorbuy.co.za.

6. Mohr Keet jumped on bungee at the age of 96, which is a world record.

7. In 2015, up to 58% of fatal accidents were caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol.

8. In this country there are over 747 014 km of paved roads, including over 1 400 km of expressways (1.16% of all roads in the world).

9. The country has 566 airports, 144 of the paved surface.

10. In this country there are more than 20 192 km of railway tracks.

11. The average speed of fixed-line internet is 3.7 Mb / s, and the maximum is 18.9 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

12. Political system – republic.

13. The average temperature is 23 ° C in January and 13 ° C in July.

14. General Motors South Africa is the only place outside the USA where Hummer H3 was built.


Geography in South Africa

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1. According to the old habit, to bring a prophetic vision on yourself, you need to burn a cigarette made from the brain of a vulture mixed with mud.

2. Durban is the largest port in Africa and 9 in the world.

3. This country is 3.9 times larger than Poland.

4. The longest river is Oranje.

5. The average temperature is in January 23 °C, in July 13 °C.

6. In South Africa there are 963740 km2 of agricultural land (79% of the country).

7. Belfast is the highest located city in the country.

8. 92030 km2 of the country is covered by forests (7.6%)

9. The SABMiller brewery is the largest brewer in the world.

10. The oldest remains of modern man have been found in South Africa over 160,000 years old.

11. There is the deepest gold mine in the world (3,777 meters deep).

12. This country has one of the cleanest waters in the tap in the world.

13. South Africa borders with such countries as: Botswana 1,840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 967 km, Swaziland 430 km, Zimbabwe 225 km.

109. The nearest capital in a straight line from Pretoria is Gaborone (Botswana) – 259 km.

110. The furthest capital in a straight line from Pretoria is Majuro (Marshall Islands) – 15599 km.


Finance in South Africa

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1. The amount of income tax in South Africa is 28%.

2. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 28% (2018).

3. The tax on goods and services is 15% (2018).

4. The level of inflation in 2018 is 5.1%.

5. Gross domestic product (GDP) …
– in 2015 it is $ 352 528 000 000 (PLN 1 508 819 840 000 ),
– in 2018 it is $ 349 000 000 000 (PLN 1 493 720 000 000).

6. Internal debt at the beginning of …
2015 year was 39% of GDP, which is about: $ 137 485 920 000 (588 439 737 600 PLN),
2018 year was 53.1% GDP, i.e. around: $ 185 319 000 000 (PLN 793 165 320 000). To pay it back, each citizen would have to give about $ 3,372 (PLN 14,432).

7. Foreign debt at the beginning of …
2015 was around: $ 145 100,000,000 ,
2018 year is around: $ 183 239 000 000 .

8. The percentage share in the global economy of South Africa in 2015 is 0.46% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

9. The country has 2018 over $50,511,000,000 in foreign exchange reserves (0.39% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

10. South Africa has 125200 kg of gold reserves (2018).


Law in South Africa

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1. Built-up speed allowed 60 km / h.

2. Outside the built-up area, the permitted speed ranges from 80 to 120 km / h.

3. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

4. In this country there is left-hand traffic.

5. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 28% (2018).

6. The tax on goods and services is 15% (2018).

7. Afrikaans is the youngest official language in the world.

8. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

9. In this country, a person of 10 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

10. The last death penalty was carried out in 1989.

11. In this country homosexual marriages are legal from November 30, 2006.


Education in South Africa

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1. In this country, compulsory education lasts 9 years.

2. The beginning of education begins at the age of 7.

3. The average IQ level is 77.

4. In this country there are 5.7% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 3 132 543 people).


Work in South Africa

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1. The amount of income tax in South Africa is 28%.

2. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 27.2% .

3. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 19,860 R.

4. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 28% (2018).

5. The work week is 45 hours.


Best in South Africa

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1. The tallest building in South Africa is the Carlton Center in Johannesburg, which is 223 meters high (50 stories high). It was built in 1973, It is the tallest building in Africa.

2. The highest building in the country is a chimney in Secunda with a height of 201 meters.

3. The most deadly disease in this country is HIV / AIDS.

4. Durban is the largest port in Africa and 9 in the world.

5. South Africa was the first African country to host the 2010 World Cup in football.

6. The Constitution of South Africa is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world.

7. According to the National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain, Cape Town has the fifth most blue sky in the world.

8. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 40 place,
      – 2018 year – 32 place.

9. The longest river is Oranje.

10. The average temperature is in January 23 °C, in July 13 °C.

11. Belfast is the highest located city in the country.

12. The SABMiller brewery is the largest brewer in the world.

13. There is the largest hotel center in the world – the Palace of the Lost City.

14. South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.

15. In South Africa is the highest place in the world from which you can give a bungee jump (over 216 meters).

16. General Motors South Africa is the only place outside the US where the Hummer H3 was built.

17. Two Nobel prize winners from South Africa lived on the same street. This is the only such case in the world.

18. The country is the second largest fruit exporter in the world.

19. South Africa has a penguin colony that develops thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near Cape.

20. This country has one of the cleanest waters in the tap in the world.

21. South Africa generates two-thirds of electricity in Africa.

22. Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world.

23. The lowest temperature: -20.1 °C was measured in Buffelsfontein.

24. The highest temperature: 50 °C was measured in Eastern Cape.


Army in South Africa

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1. The country was the first in the world to build an atomic bomb by itself.

2. In 1988, South Africa voluntarily gave up its nuclear program.

3. Position in the list of the best armies of the world:
2015 year – 40 place,
2018 > year – 32 place.

4. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 190 tanks, 1400 armored vehicles, 210 jet aircraft and 100 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 195 tanks, 2265 armored vehicles, 208 jet aircraft and 94 helicopters.

5. Number of equipment:
2014 year – 190 tanks, 1400 > armored vehicles, 210 jet aircraft and 100 helicopters,
2018 year – 195 tanks, 2265 armored vehicles, 208 jet aircraft and 94 helicopters.

6. Army expenditure:
2014 year – $ 4,600,000,000 (PLN 19,688,000,000),
2018 year – $ 4,610,000,000 (PLN 19,730,800,000).

7. The naval fleet …
– in 2014 there were about 41 ships, in 2018 it was about < strong style = "color: green;"> 40 ships.


Society in South Africa

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1. 7 people from South Africa have accumulated assets greater than one billion US dollars.

2. In South Africa, an average person consumes approximately 11 liters of pure alcohol per year.

3. The most beer is beer – 48%, then wine – 18%, spirit – 17%, and other alcoholic beverages – 17%.

4. In 2013, 13,802 people lost their lives due to traffic accidents.

5. 34.7% of the population live on less than 3 $a day.

6. The average IQ level is 77.

7. 31% of adults living in this country are overweight.

8. On average, a woman gives birth to 2.3 children.

9. In this country, over 26 841 000 (2015) 30 815 634 (2018) people have access to internet (around 56% of the population).

10. About 13,000,000 (2015) 16 000 000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

11. The population density is 41 people / km2.

12. The main religion is Protestantism, 63%.

13. 11 South Africans received the Nobel Prize.

14. In South Africa, according to statistics, an average of one person reads 54 minutes a day.

15. The average age of people living in this country is 26.5 years.

16. In this country there are about:
15 624 000 people (28.43%) in the age range 0-14 years.
36 338 000 people (66.12%) in the age range 15-64 years.
2,995,200 people (5.45%) over 65 years old.

17. In this country, about 1 140 000 children are born each year (2.1% of the population), and about 545,000 people die (1.0% of the population).

18. 127 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

19. 57% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

20. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 38 cigarettes a month.

21. The average life expectancy in this country is 51.2 years (women – 52.1 years and men – 50.1 years).


Symbols of South Africa

1. The national alcohol is Amarula liqueur.

2. National animals are a blue crane and a galjoen fish.

3. Political system – republic.


Customs in South Africa

1. According to the old habit, to bring a prophetic vision on yourself, you need to burn a cigarette made from the brain of a vulture mixed with mud.


Sport in South Africa

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1. Karoo has one of the three largest telescopes in the world.

2. Table Mountain in Cape Town is considered one of the oldest mountains in the world.


History of South Africa

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1. Independence from Great Britain was obtained on May 31, 1910.

2. He joined the United Nations on November 7, 1945.


Language in South Africa

1. South Africa has the 2nd oldest film industry in the world.


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What is the highest peak in South Africa?

The highest peak in South Africa is Mafadi (3450 m above sea level).

answer: Marta


What is the largest river in South Africa?

The largest river in Portugal is Duero, 322 km.

answer: Marta


Which South Africa has national colors?

National colors: red, green, blue, gold, black and white.

answer: Marta


What is national alcohol?

The national alcohol is Amarula liqueur.

answer: Marta


What is the national animal?

The national animal is a blue crane galjoen fish.

answer: Marta


Which countries borders South Africa?

South Africa borders with such countries as: Botswana 1 840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 967 km, Swaziland 430 km, Zimbabwe 225 km.

answer: Marta


What is the average age of people living in this country?

The average age of people living in this country is 26.5 years.

answer: Marta


What is the population density in South Africa?

The population density is 45 people per km2.

answer: Marta


What is the motto of this country?

Motto of the country – “Unity in diversity”.

answer: Marta


What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?

The highest temperature: 50 ° C was measured in Eastern Cape.

answer: Marta


What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?

The lowest temperature: -20.1 ° C was measured in Buffelsfontein.

answer: Marta


With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?

In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 18.

answer: Marta