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South Africa is a lovely country blessed with indescribable beauty
Photos and paintings present an unforgettable view of this part of the African continent.
Chalets and waterfall, Graskop - Mpumalanga ( Eastern Transvaal)         
Landscape, Mpumalanga ( Eastern Transvaal)


This is a lovely country blessed with
indescribable beauty,majestic mountain
ranges and valleys,several waterfalls,
lakes,rivers,beautiful coastlines,indigenous
forests,an abundance of flora,spectacular
passes,lovely beaches,mineral
springs and caves.It's home of a wide
variety of birds,wildlife and marine life.
South Africa is an excellent destination
catering for everyone-swimming,deepsea
fishing,fishing,sporting activities,whale
watching,bird watching,animal spotting,
sailing,to name a few.
There are a range of fascinating places to
visit-history museums,wine estates,flea
and craft markets,the Karoo National Park,
the Kruger National Park,Knysna Botanical
Gardens,historic buildings,Wilderness
National Park, Kalahari Gemsbok Park,
Table mountain,Waterfront in Cape Town,
rock artsites,Anglo Boer war battlesites,
open air museums,Robin island,
Namaqualand, Union Buildings,.....   



Statistics:
Location: Lies at the southern end
of the african continent.
Population: About 44 Mill
Administrative capital: Pretoria.
Legislative capital: Cape Town.
Judicial capital: Bloemfontein
South Africa is divided into 9 provinces:
*Gauteng
*North West
*Mpumalanga
*Free State
*Kwazulu Natal
*Northern Province/Limpopo
*Northern Cape
*Eastern Cape
*Western Cape


South Africa grows to 44.8 million
The South African population grew from 40.5 million people in October 1996 to 44.8 million people in October 2001,
the Census 2001 results show.
Releasing the Census 2001 figures in Pretoria on Tuesday, Ros Hirschowitz, director-general of quality and methodology
at Statistics South Africa, said there was 95% confidence that the proportional number of between 44 427 683 and
45 211 872 was accurate with a 0.9% margin of error.
Black Africans constitute more than three-quarters of South Africa's total population with 79% or 35.4 million, while
whites make up 9.6% (4.3 million), coloureds 8.9% (4 million), and Indians/Asians 2.5% (1.1 million).
Black Africans are in the vast majority in all provinces except the Western Cape (at 26.7%) and Northern Cape (35.7%).
Coloured people are in the majority in these two provinces, with 53.9% in the Western Cape and 51.6% in Northern
Cape.
Of the total 44.8 million people, 21.4 million (47.8%) are male and 23.4 million (52.2%) female.
The number of South African households also grew to 11.2 million in October 2001 compared to nine million in 1996.
Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said, however, that this figure did not include individuals living in institutions, hostels
or other living quarters.
According to the report, Gauteng province experienced the largest population growth between 1996 and 2001 with 20%,
followed by the Western Cape with 14%. The Eastern Cape and Free State each experienced growth of less than 3%,
while the Northern Cape had a 2.1% drop in population.
In terms of population numbers, KwaZulu-Natal province has the largest population with 9.4 million people, followed by
Gauteng with 8.8 million, while the Northern Cape, with 800 000 people, is the province with the smallest population.
The Eastern Cape has a population of 6.4 million, Limpopo 5.3 million, the Western Cape 4.5 million, North West 3.7
million, Mpumalanga 3.1 million and the Free State 2.7 million.
Less English, Afrikaans
Fewer South Africans speak English and Afrikaans in their homes, with indigenous languages, particularly isiZulu and
isiXhosa, being the dominant home languages of the population.
According to Census 2001, Afrikaans is spoken as a first language by only 13.3% of the population. The majority of
Afrikaans speakers live in the Northern Cape (68%), followed by the Western Cape (55.3%), Gauteng (14.4%),
Free State (11.9%), Eastern Cape (9.3%), North West (7.5%), Mpumalanga (6.2%), Limpopo (2.3%) and KwaZulu-
Natal (1.5%).
English, according to the report, is spoken at home by 3 673 203 people or 8.2% of South Africans. The Western Cape
leads the English-speaking provinces with 19.3% of its population speaking English at home, followed by KwaZulu-
Natal with 13.6% and Gauteng with 12.5%.
Nearly a quarter of the population have isiZulu as their home language. Of the 10 677 305 isiZulu speakers, 7 624 284
live in KwaZulu-Natal, 1 902 025 in Gauteng, 822 934 in Mpumalanga, 138 091 in the Free State, and 92 288 in North
West.
The Eastern Cape is home to 51 434 isiZulu speakers, while 34 358 reside in Limpopo, 9 166 in the Western Cape,
and 2 724 in the Northern Cape.
Although isiXhosa has dropped slightly as a home language since 1996, it remains the second most widely spoken
language in the country, the mother tongue of 7 907 153 South Africans.
The majority of isiXhosa speakers live in the Eastern Cape (5 369 672), followed by the Western Cape (1 073 951),
Gauteng (671 045), the Free State (246 192), KwaZulu-Natal (219 826), North West (214 461), Mpumalanga (46 553),
the Northern Cape (51 228), and Limpopo (14 225).
Receiving the report, President Thabo Mbeki said the Census results should help the country plan better in order to
further improve the quality of life of all South Africans, and urged decision-makers at all levels of society to use the
report to measure the progress of their various development programmes.
"The Census 2001 has empowered the country to move further forward," Mbeki said, adding that the facts emerging
from the Census told an interesting story about South Africa. "The information says we are not standing still; we are
going somewhere. We must continue to take this critical look at ourselves."
Source: BuaNews