Country: South Africa

Population: 43,997,828

Capital: Pretoria

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: rand (ZAR)

Government Type: republic

Languages: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%

Ethnic Breakdown: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%

Religion: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2%

Major Cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg

Phone Country Code: 27

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.southafrica.net/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 220/230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: m
Plug M

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), March 21 (Human Rights Day), Easter, April 27 (Freedom Day), May 1 (Labor Day), June 16 (Youth Day), August 9 (National Women's Day), September 24 (Heritage Day), December 16 (Day of Reconciliation), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Day of Goodwill)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: In South Africa the @ symbol is called an aapstert, which means The monkey's tail.