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  • Officials 'blew cash on Vegas trip'
    South Africa's gambling board suspended over foreign travel bill.
    BBC News.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:29 GMT.
  • Africa: The G-20 and Key Issues Pertaining to South Africa's Growth Strategy
    [GEGAfrica]South Africa's current growth rate, and trajectory, is weak. Global circumstances, notably our exposure to continued European stagnation and financial market tapering by the US Federal Reserve Bank, are partly to blame. ...
    All Africa.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:07:50 GMT.
  • South Africa growth forecast slashed
    South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.
    BBC News.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:15:52 GMT.
  • South Africa finance minister warns economy at 'turning point'
    Cape Town (AFP) - South Africa's economy is at a "turning point" and the government must cap spending and raise taxes to tackle its soaring deficit in the face of stalling growth, the finance minister said Wednesday.
    Yahoo.  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:36:55 -0400.
  • Music Review: Abdullah Ibrahim at the Schomburg Center
    Abdullah Ibrahim, who just turned 80, performs in Carnegie Hall’s Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa festival.
    By Ben Ratliff.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:17:33 GMT.
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  • Australia Has Chance to Climb Back to No. 1 in Cricket
    Australia will dislodge South Africa as the top-ranked team if it sweeps a two-test series with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
    By Huw Richards.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:42:25 GMT.
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  • Pistorius starts five-year jail term for killing girlfriend
    South African star athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 21 for killing his girlfriend, in the climax to his sensational trial watched around the world.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:37:00 +0200.
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in jail for girlfriend's death
    Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius is sentenced in Pretoria to a maximum of five years in jail in connection with the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, although he could serve less than a year behind bars.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:37:25 EDT.
  • Pistorius Given 5-Year Prison Sentence for Killing Girlfriend
    A South African judge has sentenced Olympian Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:46:11 -0400.
  • Gold Fields Q3 2014 Guidance Update
    JOHANNESBURG, October 20, 2014 -- Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI) today published updated production guidance for the Group for the September 2014 quarter (Q3 2014). ...
    PR Newswire.  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:07:00 EDT.
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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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