South Africa

The earliest representatives of South Africa's diversity, at least the earliest we can name – were the San and Khoekhoe peoples (otherwise known individually as the Bushmen and Hottentots or Khoikhoi; collectively called the Khoisan). Both were resident in the southern tip of the continent for thousands of years before its written history began with the arrival of European seafarers. The hunter-gatherer San ranged widely over the area; the pastoral Khoekhoe lived in those comparatively well-watered areas, chiefly along the southern and western coastal strips, where adequate grazing was to be found. So it was with the latter that the early European settlers first came into contact – much to the disadvantage of the Khoekhoe.

As a result of diseases such as smallpox imported by the Europeans, of some assimilation with the settlers and especially with the slaves who were to arrive in later years, and of some straightforward extermination, the Khoekhoe have effectively disappeared as an identifiable group. Other long-term inhabitants of the area that was to become South Africa were the Bantu-speaking people who had moved into the north-eastern and eastern regions from the north during the 15th century - more or less at the time Vasco da Gama set afoot in what is now known as St. Helena. Over time the black tribes started moving further South and the European Colony started by Jan van Riebeeck started expanding to the North. This mass movement of people towards each other will later lead to war and many bloody battles - the root cause of much ethnic troubles lasting for centuries. South Africa is a rich multi cultural society made up of various ethnic groups and the only country in the world with eleven official languages. Read more about South Africa;
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Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind
The remarkable Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, near the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges. See the Sterkfontein Caves, where scientists have discovered many hominid and animal...

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Great White Shark Cage Diving

Great White Shark Cage Diving
Are you courageous, or insane enough to have a close and personal encounter with a Great White, Tiger or even a Bull shark – the three deadliest species in the world - in their own natural environment? If the answer is yes, then there are plenty...

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SA National Sea Rescue

SA National Sea Rescue
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a voluntary non-profit organization in South Africa tasked with saving lives on South African waters. The NSRI is run by over 1 000 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout...

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South African Rugby

South African Rugby
The South Africa national rugby union team, commonly known by their nickname of the Springboks, is the South African international rugby union team and is governed by the South African Rugby Union. By far the most popular sport in South...

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Zulu Dancing

Zulu Dancing
The warrior tribe, as the Zulu’s are known, were mighty and fierce in their battles on the plains of Africa, using their dramatic tribal dance as a means to instill fear in the hearts of their enemies! Unlike the warrior men in the tribe, the Zulu women...

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Boerewors

Boerewors
Boerewors (farmer's sausage) is as traditionally South African as Biltong, Koeksisters, Pap (maize porridge) and Vetkoek (fat cake). "Boeries" as it is affectionately know by locals, is staple fare in South Africa. It is wholesome, delicious and reasonably...

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Biltong

Biltong
Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms. It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into...

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Reverse apartheid

Reverse apartheid
"Reverse apartheid?" you may ask. Yes, absolutely ... reverse apartheid! It is something the world knows very little about, at least it is never discussed nor does it receive any attention nor publicity. But it is factually true! South Africa is fast...

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Ports and Harbours

Ports and Harbours
A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbours where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter...

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Sailing in South Africa

Sailing in South Africa
With thousands of kilometres of coastline, South Africa’s sailing locations are countless and each one more incredible than the next. Out on the open ocean, marvelling at the silence and soaking in the warm sun on your face - sailing in South Africa...

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Hard Facts and Figures

Hard Facts and Figures
Languages:IsiZulu 22.7%, IsiXhosa 16%, Afrikaans 13.5%, Sepedi 9.1%, English 9.6%, Setswana 8%, Sesotho 7.6%, Xitsonga 4.5%, siSwati 2.5%, Tshivenda 2.4%, isiNdebele 2.1%, other 1.6% (2011) Ethnicity/race:Black African 79.2%, White 8.9%, Colored 8.9%,...

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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park
In terms of wildlife alone, Kruger is one of the world's greatest national parks. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals is almost unparalleled, and all of Africa's iconic safari species – elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo,...

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10 Facts about South Africa

10 Facts about South Africa
South Africa is one of Africa’s choicest countries that is spearheading development in the continent. The country which had been an apartheid country, recently hosted the FIFA world cup in 2010 but there are many other fascinating facts about South...

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Crime in South Africa

Crime in South Africa
Imagine a place where you life means virtually nothing. Where you might get killed simply because somebody wants your shoes, watch or the coins in your pocket. A country where you have very little recourse to legal justice - unless the crime involves...

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South Africa is our home country where we were born and grew up - clearly we will be biased in our opinions. However, there are untold wonderful things to be found in South Africa - the people, the cultures, food, supplies, nature and wildlife ... the list is endless.

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The emergence of reverse apartheid, the exceptionally high crime rate, the inefficiencies of government departments, corrupt politicians, our weak currency and a whole range of other issues.

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