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The Republic of South Africa is a country, located in southern Africa. It consists of nine provinces, has almost 2,800 km of coastline and borders the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland, while surrounding the Kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa has a population of over fifty-one million inhabitants and as such ranks 24th in the world. Territory-wise the country is 25th in the world. The country is multi-ethnic and has eleven officially recognised languages. Pretoria is the administrative capital of the country, while Cape Town and Bloemfontein are the legislative and judicial capitals. South Africa has the largest economy in Africa.
South Africa is newly industrialised upper-middle income economy, which ranks as the largest in Africa and the twenty-eight largest in the world. The economy is based on mining, agriculture and fishery, vehicle manufacturing and assembly, food-processing, clothing and textiles, telecommunication, energy, financial and business services, real estate, tourism, transportation, and wholesale and retail trade. Major companies with office space or other facilities in South Africa include BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Toyota. Large call centres in the country include Lufthansa, Amazon.com, ASDA, The Carphone warehouse, and Delta airlines.
South Africa has a lot to offer in terms of sights and things to do. There are many areas with wild animals, which can be observed in their natural habitat. Examples are: Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and more. Other nature sights include Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province, Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape, Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Robben Island, and Cape Winelands. Activities throughout the country include diving and river rafting. South Africa offers diverse cuisine options that have been influenced by different cultures, such as native African, British, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian, Malay. Traditional dishes include Braaivleis, Pap, Potjiekos, Boerewors, Bobotie and others. There are several international fast food outlets (i.e. McDonalds, KFC, Subway), as well as the local ones (Black Steer, Steers, Nando’s, etc.) and pizza deliveries throughout South Africa.
Getting to South Africa by plane is possible through ten international airports. The largest of these are the Cape Town International Airport and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. The country is also accessible by car and boat (cruise lines like Princess Cruises). South Africa’s well-established highway system makes it easy to travel across the country by car or caravan. The N1 highway is the county’s main road link between Cape Town and Johannesburg, also passing by Pretoria on its way to the Zimbabwean border. Getting around the country is possible by plane, with well-established links between domestic airports. There is also bus and train service throughout the country. South Africa’s Metrorail operates in the major cities and long-distance trains, like the luxury Blue Train (from Cape Town to Johannesburg), provide inter-city links.