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Country: South Africa

Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial)

Population: 44.3 million

Area: 1.2 million sq. km

Major Ethnic Groups: African, European, East Indian and Asian

Languages: English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans

Money: Rand

National Flag:

 

Climate

South Africa generally has a temperate climate with lots of sunshine. The South and East areas are mountainous, while the West and North are dry and are desert-like.

 

Food

The main dish for the Black population of South Africa is “Pap”, which is maize, and is eaten like rice or noodles. It can be eaten for breakfast, and served with sauces, stews, and barbeques meats.

A nutritious drink South African people enjoy is “Umqombothi” which is a home-brewed beer with low alcohol.

 

Recreation and the Arts

People in South Africa like to play soccer, rugby, and cricket. They like to go to the movies, listen to music, and dance, which for them, is another way to communicate. Landscape paintings of the natural surroundings are very popular, and folks songs and storytelling are passed down through families.

 

Celebrations and Holidays

The people of South Africa celebrate many of same holidays Canadians do, including Christmas, Easter, and New Years. They also celebrate Muslim and Hindu holidays as well. These holidays are usually celebrated with families gathering for large feasts. South Africa also celebrates political holidays such as Workers Day, Freedom Day, Youth Day, Women’s Day, and Human Rights Day. These holidays are celebrated with rallies, speeches, and song and dance.

 

Famous Places and Interesting Facts

South Africa has one of the best cricket teams in the world!

Mud Hut

Farming Community

A South African School

Baskets and Pottery for sale

 

***All information and graphics borrowed from http://www.settlement.org/cp/english/SouthAfrica/index.html
http://www.nationmaster.com/country/sf

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Last revised: January 2006