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South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. With over 59 million people, it is the world's 24th-most populous nation and covers an area of 1,221,037 square kilometers (471,445 square miles). South Africa has three capital cities: executive Pretoria, judicial Bloemfontein and legislative Cape Town. The largest city is Johannesburg. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometers (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighboring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (former Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho, the country lies between latitudes 22° and 35°S, and longitudes 16° and 33°E.

Generic country information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For a generic country overview, please consult the following sources:

Generic Information

Wikipedia Information on South Africa  

IMF Information on South Africa  

Economist Intelligence Unit Information on South Africa

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Humanitarian Info

Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office for Southern Africa 


Facts and Figures

Wolfram Alpha Information on South Africa  

World Bank Information on South Africa 

World Population Review Information on South Africa