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Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Cape Town

The beautiful Table Mountain in Cape Town
Photo by Janan Lagerwall

SOUTH AFRICA

Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

Africa

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Capital: Pretoria (administrative capital); Cape Town (legislative capital); Bloemfontein (judicial capital)

Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

Government: Republic of South Africa

Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

Area: 1,219,090 sq km

Population: 56,978,635 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: isiZulu (official) 25.3%, isiXhosa (official) 14.8%, Afrikaans (official) 12.2%, Sepedi (official) 10.1%, Setswana (official) 9.1%, English (official) 8.1%, Sesotho (official) 7.9%, Xitsonga (official) 3.6%, siSwati (official) 2.8%, Tshivenda (official) 2.5%, isiNdebele (official) 1.6%, other (includes Khoi, Nama, and San languages) 2%; note - data represent language spoken most often at home (2018 est.)

Religion: Christian 86%, ancestral, tribal, animist, or other traditional African religions 5.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other 1.5%, nothing in particular 5.2% (2015 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+2

Tel Code: +27

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