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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South Africa - Wikipedia
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South Africa - National Geographic
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Ouster of Zuma Loyalist Bolsters South Africa's Corruption Fight - New York Times

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Ouster of Zuma Loyalist Bolsters South Africa's Corruption Fight
New York Times
CAPE TOWN — South Africa on Monday took an important step toward restoring a more independent justice system, removing a chief prosecutor widely seen as an obstacle to reining in the country's rampant corruption. The prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, the ...
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South Africa's top court orders Zuma-appointed chief prosecutor to leave postReuters
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South Africa's Rand Falls to 2-Year Low As Turkey Rout Spreads - Voice of America

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South Africa's Rand Falls to 2-Year Low As Turkey Rout Spreads
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South Africa's rand plunged more than 10 percent to a 2-year low against the dollar early on Monday and government bonds weakened sharply as a renewed rout in the Turkish lira spread to other emerging markets. The rand, which later recovered to trade ...
South Africa is no Turkey: It's not going to prop up the randMoneyweb.co.za
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Chris Tucker calls South Africa his second home and praises Trevor Noah - Channel 24

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Chris Tucker calls South Africa his second home and praises Trevor Noah
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Cape Town - Channel24 spoke to Rush Hour's Detective James Carter, Chris Tucker, ahead of his South African stand-up comedy tour later this year. The award-winning actor and comedian will be performing in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in ...
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Fear about jobs keeps fueling anti-migrant sentiment and xenophobia in South Africa - Quartz

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Fear about jobs keeps fueling anti-migrant sentiment and xenophobia in South Africa
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One of the major problems facing South Africa is anti-immigrant violence. The seriousness of this problem was highlighted in a recent report on hate crime in the country. These kinds of hate crime discourage long-term integration of international migrants.



Five things making headlines in South Africa today - Moneyweb.co.za

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Five things making headlines in South Africa today
Moneyweb.co.za
South Africa's gold and mining production figures for June are expected to be released on Tuesday. Mining production in May fell 2.6% year-on-year, following an upwardly revised 4.4% decline in April, data from Trading Economics shows. Update to follow.
UPDATE 1-South Africa's Gold Fields plans to slash jobs in mine restructureReuters
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These are the biggest schools in every province in South Africa - BusinessTech

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These are the biggest schools in every province in South Africa
BusinessTech
While the average South African school has 470 learners attending, some 27 institutions in the country have in excess of 2,000 pupils – predominantly in the country's most populated provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. These are some of the stats ...



It's in your food - can this herbicide commonly used in SA give you cancer? - News24

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It's in your food - can this herbicide commonly used in SA give you cancer?
News24
A herbicide that is believed to cause cancer is widely in use in South Africa. And, according to organic farmer Angus McIntosh, it can be found "in every loaf of bread sold in every shop in this country" and "in all processed foods, tinned foods and ...

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What's new on Netflix in South Africa this month? | Channel24 - Channel 24

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What's new on Netflix in South Africa this month? | Channel24
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Cape Town - Still looking for something hot to stream online? Don't look any further! Here's a look at the freshest new shows available on Netflix this August.

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Miss South Africa puts her money where the mountain is - www.sagoodnews.co.za

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Miss South Africa puts her money where the mountain is
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Nicole Capper, Tammy Taylor, Mrs South Africa 2018 has done it again – defying all odds to conquer another “rare heights” challenge! Capper summited Kilimanjaro on Women's Day (9 August 2018) at 10:30am with the Trek4Mandela fundraising expedition.