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There are 9 provinces in South Africa. Before you decide where to set up your business or make your investment, take a few minutes to read about each province, their statistics and what they have to offer.

You may click on the province of your choice on the map at left or click on the name below.

South Africa

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

Geographic co-ordinates: 29 00 S, 24 00 E

Area: 1,219,912 sq. km

Land boundaries: 4,750 km

Border countries: Botswana 1,840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 855 km, Swaziland 430 km, Zimbabwe 225 km

Coastline: 2,798 km

Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Terrain: vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain

Lowest point: sea level

Highest point: Njesuthi 3,408 m

Main natural resources: gold, chromium, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, natural gas

Natural hazards: prolonged droughts

Environment: lacks important arterial rivers or lakes requires extensive water conservation and control measures

Population: 43,586,200 approx. (census being taken, expected result in 2003)

Ethnic groups: black 75.2%, white 13.6%, Coloured 8.6%, Indian 2.6%

Religions: Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloureds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), indigenous beliefs and animist 28.5%

Languages: 11 official languages; Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Zulu, Xhosa

Country name: Republic of South Africa

Short form: South Africa

Abbreviation: RSA

Internet: ZA

Formerly: Union of South Africa

Independence date: 31 May 1961 from UK

Government type: Republic

Capital: Pretoria; Cape Town - legislative and Bloemfontein - judicial

Provinces (9); Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North-West, Northern Cape, Northern Province, Western Cape

National holiday: Freedom Day, 27 April (1994)

Constitution: (Click for full report) 10 December 1996; this new constitution was certified by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996, was signed by then President MANDELA on 10 December 1996

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president

Elections: president elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term; election last held 2 June 1999. Next scheduled for sometime between May and July 2004.

Election results: Click for full report

GDP: purchasing power parity - $369 billion (2000 est.)

GDP - real growth rate: 3% (2000 est.)

GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $8,500 (2000 est.)

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 5%

Industry: 30%

Population below poverty line: 50% (2000 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.3% (2000 est.)

Labor force: 17 million economically active (2000)

Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 30%, industry 25%, services 45% (1999 est.)

Unemployment rate: 30% (2000 est.)

Agriculture products: corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables; beef, poultry, mutton, wool, dairy products

Exports: $30.8 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.)

Exports: gold, diamonds, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment

Exports - partners: UK, Italy, Japan, US, Germany

Imports: $27.6 billion (f.o.b., 2000 est.)

Imports - commodities: machinery, foodstuffs and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, scientific instruments

Imports - partners: Germany, US, UK, Japan

Debt - external: $25.6 billion (2000 est.)

Economic aid - recipient: $676.3 million

Currency: Rand (ZAR)

Currency code: ZAR

Exchange rates: Rand per US dollar - 9.24 (October 2001), 7.60 (March 2001), 6.93 (2000), 6.10 (1999), 5.52 (1998), 4.60 (1997), 4.29 (1996)

Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

Telephones - main lines in use: 5.075 million (1999)

Telephones - mobile cellular: over 2,000,000 (1999)

Mobile cellular service providers (3): Vodacom, MTN, C cell

Telephone system: the best developed and most modern in Africa

International: 2 submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 14, FM 347 (plus 243 repeaters), shortwave 1 (1998)

Radios: 13.75 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 556 (plus 144 network repeaters) (1997)

Televisions: 6.6 million

Internet country code: .za

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 50 approx.

Internet users: 2.1 million approx.

Railways: 21,431 km

Highways: total: 358,596 km

Pipelines: crude oil 931 km; petroleum products 1,748 km; natural gas 322 km

Ports and harbors: Cape Town, Durban, East London, Mosselbaai, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Saldanha Bay

Merchant marine: total: 8 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 271,650 GRT/268,604 DWT

Ships by type: container 6, petroleum tanker 2 (2000 est.)

Airports: 741 (2000 est.)

Military branches: South African National Defense Force or SANDF (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and Medical Services)

Police: South African Police Services

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