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  • Africa: Ghana's Mobile Number Portability Scheme Outstrips South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria
    [Balancing Act]London -Mobile Number Portability (MNP) schemes have been slow to take off in Sub-Saharan Africa and their performance has not been outstanding. Ghana is the exception and has good reason to be bragging about its success. ...
    All Africa.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:41:48 GMT.
  • Lesotho country profile
    Provides an overview, key facts and history of his small country completely surrounded by South Africa.
    BBC News.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:22:14 GMT.
  • Sports Briefing | Golf: Hennie Otto Wins Italian Open
    Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots in Turin.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:09:18 GMT.
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  • Regional powers to hold Lesotho crisis meeting
    Regional ministers were set to told talks to resolve the political crisis gripping Lesotho on Sunday, as the country's fugitive prime minster remained in South Africa after an apparent coup. ...
    Yahoo.  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:59:27 -0400.
  • Department denies SA's involvement in Lesotho
    The defence department says South African troops have not been involved in foiling an alleged coup in Lesotho.
    Mail & Guardian.  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:02:00 +0200.
  • Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety
    Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday.
    Miami Herald.  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:59 EDT.
  • Lesotho PM flees 'military coup'
    Lesotho's prime minister crosses into South Africa, accusing Lesotho's army of staging a coup and telling the BBC his life is in danger.
    BBC News.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:53:50 GMT.
  • Lesotho PM Says Army Staged Coup, Military Denies
    Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday accused his country's army of mounting a coup against him and said he had fled to South Africa, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks.
    By Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:42:57 GMT.
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  • Lesotho's Coup Attempt Blamed on Political Instability
    The prime minister of Lesotho has fled to South Africa to escape what he said was a coup attempt in the tiny southern African kingdom. Gunfire rang out in the capital, Maseru, on Saturday, according to witnesses. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:17:35 -0400.
  • South African Parliament Outburst Causes Order and Disorder
    The newest party in South Africa's parliament, the Economic Freedom Fighters, or EFF, is facing a two-week suspension after getting into a shouting match with members of the ruling ANC party. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:46:40 -0400.
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Facts About South Africa

The Republic of South Africa, located in southern Africa, is governed by a President and a bicameral Parliament.  South Africa's capital city is Pretoria, and its national currency is the Rand. 

In 2007, the nation's estimated population was 43,998,000, and the primary languages used by South Africans are Afrikaans and English.

For more news and information about South Africa, visit the official South African government website.

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