Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of South Africa
  • Independence: 1961 (from UK)
  • Capital divided amongst three cities: Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town
  • Divided into 9 provinces
  • Population: 53,675,563
  • Official languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Climate: temperate
  • Literacy rate: 94.3%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A constitutional parliamentary republic
  • President Jacob Zuma (since 2009)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 138/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 32.99/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 62.34 years
  • Health expenditures: 8.9% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.78/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.8/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 18.92%
  • Infectious disease risk: intermediate
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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