The world's biggest hospital is in South Africa and is
known as the Chris Hani -Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg.
name, Soweto, was derived from SOuth WEstern TOwnship.
South Africa is one of only 12 countries where tap
water is safe to drink. Its tap water is rated the third best
Durban is the largest port in Africa and the ninth
largest in the world.
South Africa is the first country in the World to
have voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons capability.
South Africa's population is 46.6 million. Ethnicity/race:
black 75.2%, white 13.6%, COloured 8.6%, Indian 2.6% .In entirety,
the African continent's population is estimated to be about 700
The Rift Valley in Africa was created by repeated earthquakes
over thousands of years, which opened up the ground to form an
enormous trench. The trench is so deep and wide that it
can be seen from the moon!
Africa is the second largest continent in the Worid and
covers an area of 11,700,000 square miles.
Officially, the youngest language in the world is Afrikaans. By
the early-20th century Afrikaans had developed from Dutch, French
and other influences into a fully fledged language with its own
South Africa is a middle income country with a strong
emerging economy -the 25th largest in the world -and produces
more goods than Portugal, Russia or Singapore. It also has Africa's
biggest economy, three times larger than Nigeria or Egypt.
The "ancient world" refers to the time period from
4 million years ago to 500 A.D. Our earliest human ancestors
appeared in Africa 2.5 mil- lion years ago.
At Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, near The Garden
Route in the Western Cape, is the Cango Caves, a long sequence
of caverns of glitter- ing stalagmites and stalactites, which
makes it the longest underground cave sequence in the world.
Fossilized footprints were found at Langebaan Lagoon,
Western Cape, in a sand-dune-turned-rock. The 117,000 year-old
fossils are the oldest known footprints of an anatomically modem
In the early 1800s, the United States fought the Barbary
pirates. The Barbary pirates were from North Africa, the modern
nation of Libya.
The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches over
the course of 3 consecutive leaps, achieved in May 1977 by a South
African sharp- nosed frog called Santjie.
Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire
a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however Timney Greys and
African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies in excess of
Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa -more
than any other wild animal.
Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and
more than 200 pounds. Among Asian elephants, only the males have
tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.
South Africa has the largest reserves of gold (35%),
manganese (80%), chromium (68%), platinum-group metals (56%),
vanadium (45%), and alumino-silicates (37%). South Africa also
mines deeper than any other country in the world, up to depths
of 2.5 miles at the Western Deep Levels Mine.
South Africa has the lowest cost of electricity in the world
and the lowest cost of living compared to the worid's major cities.
Birds of Eden, situated just 16km east of Plettenberg
Bay, is the largest single dome, free-fight aviary, in the World.
Birds of Eden will open to the public the 1st of November 2005
for further details visit www.birdsofeden.co.za
South Africa has the largest hydro-electric tunnel system
in the world at the Orange Fish Rivers Tunnel.
South Africa is
the most advanced and productive economy in Africa, with a GDP
nearly three times that of Egypt, its nearest competitor on the
South Africa is a middle income,
developing country with an abundant supply of natural resources,
well developed financial, legal, communications, energy and transport
South Africa's foreign trade
infrastructure is well developed
South Africa's foreign trade
sector has performed better than the economy as a whole in the
last few years.
South Africa modern infrastructure
supports an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centres
throughout the region
South Africa is
the worlds major manufacturer of stainless steel tank containers
for the international trade
South Africa is a major
supplier of high- tech platinum catalytic convectors for motor
vehicle exhausts to foreign automotive assemblers.
South African civil engineers
have built dams and roads and blasted tunnels in South America
as well as Africa
South African railway rolling
stock has been exported to the Far East
South African electronic control
and guidance systems for both civil and military applications are
purchased by a number of foreign buyers
South Africa's textile industry
has already established itself in world markets with a track record
of quality and consistency. The industry is the number one global
supplier of nylon sewing thread; supplies 20% of the worlds parachute
fabrics and is an acknowledged global supplier of fabrics.
South Africa's top class transport
and communications networks support the flow of goods into and
out of the country.
South Africa's clearing and forwarding,
legal services, engineering and other technical
services are sophisticated and widely available.
South Africa's stock exchange
ranks among the 10 largest in the world
South Africa's complex industrial
sector is also reflected in her exports
South Africa was identified by
the US Department of commerce as one of the worlds top ten Big
Emerging Markets (BEM's). With this designation the department
of commerce has recognised the enormous potential that exists in
South Africa for US business. It is expected that by the year 2010
the BEM market share will be larger than that of the EU and Japan
combined. Clearly the BEM markets are the commercial investments
of the future.
South Africa accounts for approximately
75% of the GDP for the Southern African region and for 45% of the
GDP for the entire African continent.
economy is a diversified one, with manufacturing contributing
26% of GDP, representing the largest sector of the economy.
South Africa is opening it's
market to foreign investment. It has begun to implement tariff
reductions in selected industries and to terminate past protective
policies. Import duties on capital goods have eliminated. Foreign
investors are permitted 100% ownership. Screening of foreign investment
usually does not occur.
Moody's Investors Services
On 7 February 2000 Moody's Investor Services, a major international
rating agency, announced that it had changed its rating outlook
for South Africa's Baa3 country ceiling for foreign currency debt,
the Ba1/NP ceilings for foreign currency deposits and the Baa1
domestic currency rating, from stable to positive. The rating is
supported by the country's smooth political transition and policy
continuity, fiscal numbers which continue to improve, privatisation
of state enterprises, transparent monetary and exchange rate policy
and the sound and developed banking system. Furthermore, Moody's
believes that the new free trade agreement with the European Union
represents an opportunity for strengthening trade opportunities.
Moody's improved outlook also reflects the prospects for a strong
economic recovery over the next several years.
Standard & Poor
On 26 February 2000 Standard & Poor, a major international
rating agency, announced that its credit rating on the Republic
of South Africa had been improved to investment
grade. The rating is supported
by South Africa's sound fiscal policies, a relatively manageable
external debt burden, an independent central bank committed to
low inflation, liquid domestic capital markets, and a robust and
well-regulated banking sector.
Templeton Investment Management in January 2000 picked South
Africa as its top emerging market
From info supplied by the International Marketing
Council of South Africa
28 April 2005 and from the Monkeyland
Primate Sanctuary brochure