South Africa - Key Facts

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  • Population - 49 Million
  • Life expectancy - 49.2 years
  • Literacy - 86.4%
  • Languages - Zulu 23.8%, Xhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%
  • Ethnic groups - Black 79.3%, White 9.1%, Coloured 9.0%, Asian 2.6%
  • Time zone - SAST (UTC+2)
  • Capital - Pretoria
  • Largest city - Johannesburg
  • President - Jacob Zuma
  • Deputy President - Kgalema Motlanthe
  • Currency - South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Nominal GDP - $287 billion (2009 estimate)
  • Unemployment rate - 25,2%
  • Provinces - Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Northern Cape
 

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The Minister of Public Works wanted to remodel her office, so she invited different contractors for tenders.

One was from Johannesburg, one from Durban and the last one from Soweto.

"OK gentlemen, I want a nice job ," She said, "Let's hear from Jhb?"

 

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