Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Hopes On The Horizon Homepage
Official Name: Republic of South Africa
Climate: Mostly semiarid
Population: 43,426,386
Capital: Pretoria (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); Bloemfontein (judicial)
Language(s): Principal indigenous languages: Zulu, Ndebele, Swazi, Sotho, Pedi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa.
Languages of colonial powers: English and Afrikaans
Major Religions: Christian 68%, Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%
Exports: $31.3 billion (1997 est.) – gold 20%, other minerals and metals 20%-25%, food 5%, chemicals 3% (1997)
Imports: $28 billion (1997 est.), – machinery 32%, transport equipment 15%, chemicals 11%, petroleum products, textiles, scientific instruments