Bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, and with a population of around 48 million, South Africa is a diverse country at the tip Africa. Makamba Online will summarise some interesting facts about South Africa.
With a long coastline that stretches more than 2,500 kilometres across two oceans, and a climate that ranges from desert to subtropical, South Africa is truly a unique place.
The country has emerged from a turbulent past, and since the first democratic elections in 1994, unity is sought through diversity in a place where all people are now equal.
Here are the facts interesting facts about South Africa:
- South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup!
- The famous Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserve? It is circa 19,635 square kilometers, almost as big as the country Belgium!
- Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.
- South African brewery SABMiller ranks – by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. Saffers love their beer…but the real reason the brewery is so big? SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.
- South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold!
- The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.
- South Africa has three capital cities? Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.
- South Africa is the only place in the world where Mercedes Benz manufacture right hand drive cars.
- South Africa naturally hosts four of the seven fastest mammals in the world, namely the wildebeest, the African lion, the springbok and the cheetah.
- The first heart transplant in the world took place in 1967. It was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Author: Staff Writer