Introducing South Africa, located on the southern tip of Africa where two oceans meet, summer lasts most of the year, and the big five roams just beyond the metropolis.
Evident, even 80 000 years later, are our ancestors' fossilised footprints and the world's oldest rock paintings. Nowadays, South Africa is Africa's most advanced country with excellent infrastructure on par with many first-world countries and a growing economy.
Our nation is made up of almost 52 million people with different origins, languages, cultures and beliefs. Around 79% are African, 8,9% coloured, 8.9% caucasian, and 2.5% Indian or Asian. The remaining 0,7% classified themselves as "other" in the last census.
South Africa has 11 official languages. English is the language most widely spoken in the cities, government and business circles. Official documents and road signs are also written in English. About 40% of the population speak either Zulu or Xhosa. Another primary language in South Africa is Afrikaans. Derived from the Dutch language, Nothern Europeans might find it quite easy to follow.
South Africa was famous for Apartheid (White-minority ruling) up until 1994 when Nelson Mandela from the ANC was elected president. Since then, the country has put remarkable effort into putting the centuries of racial hatred behind them in order to reconcile the nation. Post-apartheid South Africa is often referred to as the Rainbow Nation because of the government comprising of various races.
South Africa has never been more investor-friendly than now as it offers a business environment in which 100% foreign ownership is allowed. Repatriation of revenue is generous, and the exchange rate is beneficial. If you are hoping to do business anywhere in Africa, South Africa is the gateway to the continent.
South Africa is a big country in comparison to Europe. It spans over 1.2 million square kilometres. With nine provinces, Gauteng is the smallest but also the most densely populated. Gauteng is connected to Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga. The Nothern Cape is the biggest province but has the smallest population. The Free State is located right in the middle of the country while the coastal provinces of Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal lies to the south.
Even though we are the proud owners of the Big Five, there's more to Africa than lions. Johannesburg and Cape Town are big cities with skyscrapers, modern amenities, multilane highways and traffic jams.
Other reasons to visit South Africa?
We offer beautiful golden beaches, world-class surfing, spectacular scenery ranging from deserts to majestic mountains, eco-system that can't be found anywhere else in the world and a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience African culture. All that combined with a favourable exchange rate makes South Africa one of the least expensive holiday destinations for international tourists.