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Last Updated: Thursday January 23 2003 10:23 GMT

Country profile: South Africa

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  • Population: 45.3 million
  • Capital city: Pretoria
  • Languages spoken: 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Major religion: Christianity, Islam, indigenous beliefs
  • Fascinating Fact: The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, was found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, the Lesser Star of Africa and 104 other diamonds. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

    Apartheid From 1948 - 1994 the South African government enforced Apartheid. This meant that white and black people were forced to live separately, go to different schools and black people could not vote. White people got all the privileges and ruled the country. But this all came to an end when black people finally got the right to vote and elected Nelson Mandela as president. He had spent 27 years in prison for fighting for black people's rights.

Sounds of Africa

To listen to music from South Africa, click on the purple link in top right corner of this page.

The track is called Yellow (Colour version) by Skeem from the album Waar was jy...? on the Ghetto Ruff label.


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