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  • South Africa's institutions rot in post-apartheid world
    In the bowels of Africa's largest hospital, doctors carry out emergency surgery by the light of a cell phone while, on a nearby ward, seriously ill patients are sardined three-to-a-bed. ...
    Yahoo.  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:21:19 -0400.
  • Twenty Years On, South Africa Still Struggles With Racial Reconciliation
    Nelson Mandela's greatest legacy to South Africa was his belief in forgiveness and reconciliation among the racially divided population. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:43:32 -0400.
  • 20 Years On: Why Did It Take a Prisoner to Bring Down Apartheid?
    The 20th anniversary of the end of South Africa's despised apartheid regime falls on April 27. It came about in a surprising way: not by violence or revolution, but through compromise and negotiation. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:21:22 -0400.
  • Three children found dead in London
    A woman, originally from South Africa, is arrested after three children are found dead at a house in south London.
    BBC News.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:51 GMT.
  • SA row over 'banned' Malema advert
    South Africa's public broadcaster says it refused to broadcast an advert from the controversial politician Julius Malema, saying it incited violence.
    BBC News.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:29:44 GMT.
  • Africa: Which Way Forward for the Brics in Africa, a Year After the Durban Summit?
    [Fahamu]This week's special issue takes a gloomy look at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and their subimperialist extractive tentacles around the African continent. ...
    All Africa.  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:09:09 GMT.
  • Thieves steal rhino horns in South Africa
    South African officials say thieves have stolen a stockpile of rhino horns from the offices of a provincial parks agency, dealing a setback to efforts to curb an escalation of rhino poaching in recent years.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:30 EDT.
  • Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses
    Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:58:45 EST.  Subscription required.
  • South African Airways Launches Airbus A330-200 Aircraft on Washington, DC - Dakar - Johannesburg Route
    South African Airways (SAA) will introduce the modern, state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft on its daily flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa via Dakar, Senegal, effective September 1, 2014.
    Travel Industry Wire.  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:39:08 EST.
  • Turkish banks ‘most fragile’ against Fed
    Turkish and South African banks have been named as the most vulnerable systems regarding the U.S. Central Bank’s bond purchase tapering by the international rating agency Standard & Poor’s
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
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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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