Cover of The Report: South Africa 2012

The Report: South Africa 2012

South Africa lies on the southern tip of Africa, occupying 1.22m sq km with some 2800 km of coastline along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The so-called “Rainbow Nation” has a population of around 50.5m and is a melting pot of ethnicities, cultures and languages that reflect its rich and tumultuous history.

South Africa is considered the most advanced economy in Africa, with well-developed financial, communications, energy and transport sectors. The country has vast deposits of minerals and natural resources and is the world’s fourth-largest source of gold and diamonds. The country’s banking, insurance, industry and telecommunications sectors are all poised to see substantial future growth. This section outlines South Africa’s history, culture, geography and economy. 

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