South Africa

Country South Africa
Capital Pretoria
Continent Africa
Currency South African rand(ZAR)
Languages Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa & Zulu

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Introduction

Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009.

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This is how many dollar millionaires there are in South Africa – and how many are part of the world's richest 1% - BusinessTech

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This is how many dollar millionaires there are in South Africa – and how many are part of the world's richest 1%
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Credit Suisse has published its latest Global Wealth Report for 2018, showing exactly how wealth in South Africa is spread out – and how many local citizens are among the global elite. According to the report, aggregate global wealth rose 4.6% to $317 ...

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South Africa's First Nations Have Been Forgotten - Foreign Policy

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South Africa's First Nations Have Been Forgotten
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President Donald Trump recently sparked a fierce backlash when he tweeted that the South African government was seizing white-owned land and that white farmers were being killed on a “large scale.” In the United States, his comment was a flash in the ...



South African city set to seize land in national 'test case' - Washington Post

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South African city set to seize land in national 'test case'
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EKURHULENI, South Africa — As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a “test case” for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners ...

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South Africa's youth unemployment is the worst globally - The South African

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South Africa's youth unemployment is the worst globally
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South Africa must end illegal arms sales - Independent Online

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South Africa must end illegal arms sales
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Since assuming her position as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in February this year, Lindiwe Sisulu has consistently pronounced on the centrality of human rights to South Africa's foreign policy. In May 2018, in her departmental ...

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Wreck of the Meisho Maru No. 38 - Atlas Obscura

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Wreck of the Meisho Maru No. 38
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The Meisho Maru No. 38 was a small Japanese fishing vessel that, like so many others, prowled the seas to reap its bounty. This part of South Africa's coast is notoriously dangerous, causing many ships to succumb to its wrath. The Meisho Maru No. 38 ...



#CherylZondi sets South Africa alight - DispatchLIVE

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#CherylZondi sets South Africa alight
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Hot on the heels of World Mental Health Awareness Day‚ it emerged that American singer‚ actress and producer Selena Gomez had been admitted to a mental health treatment facility after succumbing to a breakdown. South Africans who searched for the star ...

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PICS: Meet Sayed Basha South Africa's bodybuilding champ - Independent Online

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PICS: Meet Sayed Basha South Africa's bodybuilding champ
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Durban - Sayed Mohammed Basha, of Durban, was one out of 64 athletes that were selected to compete in the first Physique Culture Association (PCA) tournament in London on October 28. Bodybuilding and fitness South Africa and the PCA of South Africa ...



South Africa's army chief says budget cuts hampering peacekeeping missions - africanews

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South Africa's army chief says budget cuts hampering peacekeeping missions
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As an African military power, South Africa has deployed troops in peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Darfur region of Sudan. It is currently deploying about 1,300 soldiers as part of a UN intervention brigade in ...
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Rock Climbing - Outside Magazine

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Rock Climbing
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Big Wall Climbing In South Africa. The World Above showcases climbers Ines Papert, Luka Lindic, Joseph Pfnur, and Paul Mcsorley making the first ascent of Ruby Supernova, a big wall in Slanghoek valley, South Africa. Filed To: Video / Rock Climbing ...