SA – Geography

Demography

Demography

The Demographics of South Africa encompasses about 57 million people of diverse origins, cultures, languages, and religions. The last census was held in 2011 and the next will be taken anywhere from 2016–2021. South Africa is home to an estimated five million illegal...

Population

Population

Census 2011 Population nearly 57 000 000 Female  51,3% Male  48,7% Gauteng 23,7% KwaZulu-Natal 19,8% Western Cape 11,3% African over 79.2% Coloured 8.9% White 8.9% Indian / Asian 2.5% Younger than 15 31,3% 60 years or older 7,7% Life Expect Total 51.1 years Life...

Culture Groups

Culture Groups

The Tsonga (Shangaan) Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Limpopo The Koi from Botswana to SW Cape. Now Nama clan Central Namibia The Venda mostly near the South African-Zimbabwean Border The San Very few exist North Western South Africa Afrikaners Mainly in North – Western...

Languages

Languages

IsiZulu 22.7% IsiXhosa 16% Afrikaans 13.5% Sesotho sa Leboa 9.1% English 9.6% Setswana 8% Sesotho 7.6% Xitsonga 4.5% siSwati 2.5% Tsivenda 2.4% isiNdebele 2.1% Other 0.5% Chinese Dutch German Portuguese Signage

Religion

Religion

 Census 2001 Christianity 79.8% No Religion 15.1% Islam 1.5% Undetermined 1.4% Hinduism 1.2% Other 0.6% African Traditional 0.3% Judaism 0.2%  Religion Believe in Census 2001 84%  Religion Believe in Census 2011 64%

The Land

The Land

Stretching latitudinally from 22°S to 35°S and longitudinally from 17°E to 33°E, South Africa’s surface area covers 1 219 602 km2. According to Census 2011, the shift of the national boundary over the Indian Ocean in the north-east corner of KwaZulu-Natal to cater for...

The Oceans

The Oceans

The warm Mozambique-Agulhas Current skirts the east and south coasts as far as Cape Agulhas, while the cold Benguela Current flows northwards along the west coast as far as southern Angola. The contrast in temperature between these two currents partly accounts for...

Rivers and Lakes

Rivers and Lakes

None of the country’s rivers are commercially navigable and most river mouths are unsuitable as harbours because large sandbanks block entry for most of the year. South Africa has no significant natural lakes, but several artificial lakes are used mostly for crop...

Relief Features

Relief Features

South Africa’s surface area falls into two major physiographic categories: the interior plateau, and the land between the plateau and the coast. Forming the boundary between these two areas is the Great Escarpment, the most prominent and continuous relief feature of...

Climatic Features

Climatic Features

The subtropical location, on either side of 30° S, accounts for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists. The country also falls squarely within the subtropical belt of high pressure, making it dry,...

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