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South Africa has one of the continent’s biggest and most developed economies. It is renowned for its great natural beauty, and cultural diversity, all of which have made the country a favoured destination for travellers since the legal ending of apartheid. 

Until 1994, it was ruled by a white minority government, which enforced a separation of races with its policy called apartheid.

The apartheid government eventually negotiated itself out of power after decades of international isolation, armed opposition and mass protests.

The democratically-elected leadership encouraged reconciliation and set about redressing social imbalances, but the economy has struggled.

  • Capital: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
  • Area: 1,221,037 sq km
  • Population: 60.6 million
  • Languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Swazi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, Tshivenda, Ndebele
  • Life expectancy: 60 years (men) 67 years (women)
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Eastern CapeFree StateGautengKwazulu-Natal
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DurbanBloemfonteinPort Elizabeth

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