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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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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5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

BusinessTech

5 important things happening in South Africa today
BusinessTech
Liberty CEO David Munro says that the group's clients have not suffered any financial losses from the weekend cyber attack which saw an external group claim to have breached Liberty's systems and hijacked data. Liberty said it was still investigating ...
South Africa's Liberty Holdings suffers cyber attackReuters Africa
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South Africa safari tourist pats lion through car window - ABC News

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South Africa safari tourist pats lion through car window
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A tourist has been criticised for patting a lion through the window of a safari jeep in South Africa. Footage of the man's encounter with the lion has gone viral, with the clip viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube. The tourist can be seen reaching ...
Terrifying moment a tourist on safari in South Africa reaches out the window and pats a wild lionPerthNow
Foolhardy tourist sticks hand out of jeep to stroke lion… and is met with terrifying roarThe Sun

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South Africa rest Tahir to assess World Cup spin options - Eyewitness News

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South Africa rest Tahir to assess World Cup spin options
Eyewitness News
CAPE TOWN - South Africa will rest first-choice spinner Imran Tahir for the five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka starting next month as they assess their slow-bowling options ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The selectors have ...
South Africa include spin rivals Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj for limited-overs fixtures in Sri Lanka tourFirstpost
South Africa rest Tahir for Sri Lanka tourThe Quint
South Africa rest Imran Tahir from ODI squad for Sri LankaESPNcricinfo.com
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Capitec and Nedbank shortlisted to buy South Africa's ninth largest bank - BusinessTech

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Capitec and Nedbank shortlisted to buy South Africa's ninth largest bank
BusinessTech
The Portuguese government has approved a shortlist of four potential buyers to participate in the second phase of the sale process of Mercantile Bank. Mercantile Bank is owned by Portuguese state-owned banking and financial services group, Caixa Geral ...

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These South African best friends saved more than R60,000 in five years to attend the Russian World Cup - Business Insider South Africa

Business Insider South Africa

These South African best friends saved more than R60,000 in five years to attend the Russian World Cup
Business Insider South Africa
Fhatuwani Mpfuni, Thami Khuzwayo, and Brian Moshoeshoe landed in Saint Petersburg on Thursday after saving for nearly five years to attend the Russia World Cup. Mpfuni has been dreaming to watch a World Cup match live, after seeing his first soccer ...



Now, even the World Bank thinks land reform is a priority for South Africa - Quartz

Quartz

Now, even the World Bank thinks land reform is a priority for South Africa
Quartz
The latest World Bank report on South Africa is not only remarkable for the collaborative method it employed, but also for some of the conclusions it reached on issues like land redistribution. The report, which includes contributions from a long list ...

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Minerals Council of South Africa responds to mining charter - Moneyweb.co.za

Moneyweb.co.za

Minerals Council of South Africa responds to mining charter
Moneyweb.co.za
'We, as a sector, need something that is going to stimulate growth,' says Tebello Chabana of the Minerals Council of South Africa. Arabile Gumede and Nastassia Arendse / 18 June 2018 13:49 No comments so far. Tebello Chabana, senior executive: Public ...



South Africans facing increasing risk of data leaks - Times LIVE

Times LIVE

South Africans facing increasing risk of data leaks
Times LIVE
Apart from the latest cyber threat against Liberty Life‚ personal information about South Africans has landed up in the wrong hands as a result of several data breaches in the past few months. ViewFines‚ a website for viewing traffic fines‚ suffered a ...

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Uber Drivers in South Africa Go on Strike - Bloomberg

Uber Drivers in South Africa Go on Strike
Bloomberg
The arrival of Uber in South African cities from 2013 has sparked several, often violent, protests by drivers of traditional taxis, but those operating Uber vehicles have mainly gone about their business. Defending the fare structure, Lits said that ...



Athletics - South Africa's Semenya to challenge IAAF 'female classification' rule - Channel NewsAsia

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Athletics - South Africa's Semenya to challenge IAAF 'female classification' rule
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FILE PHOTO: South Africa's Caster Semenya awaits the start of the Womens 800 FILE PHOTO: Athletics - ASA After Dark meeting womens 800m run - Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa 22/3/16 Caster Semenya competes in this picture ...
South Africa's Semenya to challenge IAAF "female classification" ruleKFGO News

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