South Africa - Key Facts

  • Population - 58 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 - Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Deputy President - David Dabede Mabuza
  • Currency - South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Nominal GDP - $359 billion (2019 estimate)
  • Unemployment rate - 27,32%
  • Provinces - Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State, Northern Cape