South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa with an amazing population of 50.59 million people making up slightly more than 5% of the total population of Africa.
The country is located at the southern end of the African continent. It is officially recognized as the Republic of South Africa and shares borders on the north with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; Mozambique and Swaziland on the eastern part; the rest are water bodies.
Even though it is surrounded by countries and water bodies, it is very interesting to know that South Africa completely encloses the country of Lesotho. This article highlights some of the most amazing, interesting and even weird facts about South Africa that most people who think they know the rainbow country so well do not know. Have fun.
Interesting Facts About South Africa Geography And Sports:
1. Every year, South Africa moves about two inches farther away from South America as a subtle continuation of continental drift
2. Adams Calendar: Adams Calender is a circular stone structure that was found in 2005 in Mpumalanga. The functional and intact monolithic stone calendar has been dated back to about 750 000 years ago. There is an amazing concurrence: The location of the Adams calendar is along the same longitudinal axis as the Great pyramid and the great Zimbabwe ruins.
3. The country of Lesotho is completely landlocked within the shores of South Africa. Most people feel it should have been a part of South Africa.
4. South Africa was the first African country to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. It is only the second country in the world to have hosted the Cricket, Rugby Union and Soccer World Cups, after England.
5. South Africa is home to the world’s largest individually timed cycle race (the Cape Argus Cycle Race), the world’s largest open water swim (the Midmar Mile) and the world’s largest ultra-marathon (the Comrades Marathon). Economic:
6. South Africa sold cars worth of $1.8 billion to the United States 2010, placing the country ahead of Italy as suppliers of cars to the United States market and this value is still expected to increase.
7. South Africa ranks 24th with respect to the number of tourist visitors arriving the at 11.3 million (France 79 million, UK 28 million, Switzerland 8.5 million, India 5.2 million)
8. South Africa has 45 million active cell phones subscribers among the over 51 million people. This places SA among the top 5 countries with the highest cell phone penetration and coverage. 9. Two – thirds of every South African have colour TV,
9 telephone land lines are installed for every 100 people and there are 90 mobile phone subscribers per 100 population.
10. SA came 1st among upper middle-income economies in the World Bank “Connecting to Compete 2012: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy” report. Overall, SA was ranked at 23 out of the 155 countries included in the Logistics Performance Indicators (LPI). Its main competitor on the African continent, Nigeria, is ranked at 121. Politics:
11. South Africa is quite a multi-ethnic and multicultural society with one of the most diversified cultures and languages in the world. There are 11 official languages recognized in the constitution of South Africa: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Venda, Xhosa, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana and Zulu. There is no other country in the world that has as much official languages as South Africa.
12. According to the Open Budget Index of 2012 by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), South Africa has the second most transparent budget in the world and the best in Africa.
13. There are 3 official state capitals in South Africa: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
14. There are 9 provinces in South Africa: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Western Cape
15. South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20.