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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After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

 
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

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