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Republic of South Africa

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Capital city: Admin Capital Pretoria. Legislative Capital Cape Town

Area: 1220088 square km

National day: 27 April (Freedom day, anniversary of the first non-racial elections, 1994)

Independence: 31 May 1910, union of four British colonies which evolved to full independence. Became the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and withdrew from the Commonwealth.

Population: 44 million as of 2000

Leader: Thabo Mbeki born 1942. President as at the year 1999.

Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, North Sotho, Sesotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu. (eleven official)

Currency: Rand ZAR (R)

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