About South Africa

The quick guide to South Africa

What languages do South Africans speak? Is South Africa a democracy? Are there big cities with modern amenities? Are the roads tarred? How far will my money go? ... You've got three minutes to spare? Here's the lowdown on why South Africa's going to surprise you.

Highways in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

South Africa: fast facts

South African facts at your fingertips up-to-date information on the country's economy, population, climate, languages, education and more.

South Africa 6th best to live in: expats

South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by HSBC Bank International.


South Africa has the most advanced, broad-based industrial sector on the continent.

South Africa today

The southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise - a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.


A free and flourishing press, radio and TV, vibrant community radio, expanding internet presence, and resurgent film industry.

Geography and climate

Two oceans, almost 3 000 kilometres of coastline, and massive geo- and biodiversity.

Science and technology

Find out why South Africa is a centre for science and technology research, development and innovation on the continent.

Sustainable development

Development for "people, planet, prosperity" didn't start with the World Summit in South Africa. It didn't end there, either.

Social development

Government, business and civil society initiatives to improve the lives of all South Africans.


Safeguarded by one of the world's most progressive constitutions, an independent judiciary, a free press and a robust multi-party political system.


A constitutional democracy with three tiers - national, provincial and local government - each with their own executive authority.

History and heritage

Take a quick tour through our rich, dramatic history - then discover some of the ways in which you can bring it to life!


It's the national religion. Transcending race, politics or language group, sport unites the country - get a piece of the action!

Animals and plants

Far more varied than just the famous "Big Five" - and supported by an extraordinary biological diversity.

At a glance

Quick guide

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Fast facts

Our land area, population, GDP, infrastructure, tourist attractions and more. >

Where we are

Here's where you'll find us
You'll find us on the southern tip of Africa - where two oceans meet.

Open for business

First-world infrastructure combines with a vibrant emerging market economy to create huge investment potential. >

Ideal for travel

We've got it all: abundant wildlife, beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine, superb sport facilities - and more. >

Photo galleries

People, coastline, wildlife, architecture, industry ... take a quick photo tour of a country as diverse as it is beautiful. >