Geography: Natural Resources- gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas. Land usage: 79.4% Environmental issues: lack of important arterial rivers or lakes requires extensive water conservation and control measures; growth in water usage outpacing supply; pollution of rivers from agricultural runoff and urban discharge; air pollution resulting in acid rain; soil erosion; desertification
parliamentary republic head of government: President Jacob ZUMA president indirectly elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term
They called South Africa a mixed-economy.The largest area of farmland is planted in maize, followed by wheat and, on a lesser scale, sugar cane and sunflowers.especially bananas, avocados, and mangoes. Mining, Coal, Gold Mining, Forestry, Nuclear Power are industries in South Africa. Labor force; total in South Africa was last measured at 19980062 in 2014, according to the World Bank. South Africa is the EU's largest trading partner in Africa. South Africa's primary exports to the EU are fuels and mining products, machinery and transport equipment, and other semi-manufactured goods.
EU exports to South Africa are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, chemicals and other semi-machinery. Other imports include chemicals, manufactured goods, and petroleum. South Africa's main export trading partners are the European Union, the United States, Japan. Some import countries is China, US, Germany Japan, India.
The Karoo region on the western cape has the most diverse dinosaur statues. The Palace of Lost City is the worlds largest resort. In south africa it is against the law to sit 2 feet close to anyone of the opposite sex if they are wearing nothing but a swimming suit. Can you think of any other place in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners lived on the same street? Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Despite the country’s status as a democratic republic, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has a monarchy, specially provided for by the Constitution. Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the King of the Zulu Nation, has 27 kids and 6 wives and lives, literally, like a King!
There are more than 2000 shipwrecks off the South African coast, most dating back at least 500 years.
The oldest remains of modern humans were found in South Africa and are well over 160,000 years old.