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Capitals:
  • Pretoria (executive)
  • Cape Town (legislative)
  • Bloemfontein (judicial)
Government:
Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional
Current Head of Government:
Jacob Zuma
Economy:
  • Emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; a stock exchange that is the 18th largest in the world; and modern infrastructure supporting a relative efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region.
Population:
56,463,617 (2020) (26th)
Land Size:
1.22 million sq km (470,693 sq miles)
Major Ethnic Groups:
  • African: 80.2%
    • Zulu
    • Xhosa
    • Sotho
    • Tswana
    • Venda
    • Tsonga
  • Coloured: 8.8%
  • White: 8.5%
  • Indian/Asian: 2.5%
Religions:
  • Protestantism: 36.6% (Zionist Christianity: 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic: 8.2%, Methodism: 6.8%, Dutch Reformed: 6.7%, Anglican: 3.8%)
  • Catholicism: 7.1%
  • Islam: 1.5%
  • Other Christianity: 36.0%
  • Other: 2.3%
    • Indigenous African religions
    • Hinduism
    • Judaism
  • Unspecified: 1.4%
  • None: 15.1%
Languages(s):
  • IsiZulu (official): 23.8%
  • IsiXhosa (official): 17.6%
  • Afrikaans (official): 13.4%
  • Sepedi (official): 9.4%
  • English (official): 8.2%
  • Setswana (official): 8.2%
  • Sesotho (official): 7.9%
  • Xitsonga (official): 4.4%
  • siSwati (official): 2.7%
  • Tshivenda (official): 2.3%
  • isiNdebele (official): 1.6%
  • Other: 0.5%