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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Last week was my birthday and I didn't feel very well waking up that morning. I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my wife would be pleasant and say "Happy Birthday", and possibly have a present for me.

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