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Country located at the southern tip of Africa

  • The country has nine provinces.
  • Eleven official languages are recognised in the constitution
  • 79.5% of the South African population is of black African ancestry.
  • A quarter of the population is unemployed.
  • South Africa has some of the oldest archaeological and human fossil sites in the world. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, they are termed the Cradle of Humankind.
  • Diamonds are discovered in 1867. Gold was discovered in the region in 1884.
  • The discovery of previous metals has let to the Mineral Revolution and increased economic growth and immigration.
  • The country held its first universal elections in 1994.
  • ANC won the first election and was in power ever since.
  • [Soccer|Football]], Rugby and Cricket are popular sports.
  • South Africa hosted and won the 1995 Rugby World Cup and won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
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