South Africa
Republic of South Africa

Capital
Pretoria
note - Cape Town is the legislative center and Bloemfontein the judicial center


Area
471,008 sq mi
1,219,912 sq km


Population
42,768,678 est 2003

Largest city
Cape Town
pop. 2,733,800


Languages
11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Peoples
Black 75.2% (including Zulu, Venda, Ndebele, Nguni, Mpondo, Sotho) White 13.6%, Colored 8.6%, Indian 2.6%

Religion
Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Islam 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), indigenous beliefs and animist 28.5%

Life Expectancy
total population: 44.19 years
male: 44.39 years
female: 43.98 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
ttotal population: 86.4%
male: 87%
female: 85.7% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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