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  • Africa: SA Learners Celebrate Africa Day
    [SAnews.gov.za] Different schools in parts of South Africa today started Africa Day celebrations by singing the African Union (AU) anthem at special assemblies, following a directive issued by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
    All Africa.  Mon, 25 May 2015 17:11:26 GMT.
  • SA 'stolen staircase' mystery explained
    South African officials move to deny that an external staircase on a block of flats had been stolen, after a photo caused a stir on social media.
    BBC News.  Fri, 22 May 2015 14:50:10 GMT.
  • South Africa's inflation climbs to 4.5 percent
    South Africa's annual inflation rate accelerated by half a percentage point to 4.5 percent in April, official figures showed Wednesday, as the effect of low oil prices started to fade. ...
    Yahoo.  Wed, 20 May 2015 12:52:53 -0400.
  • VIDEO: ANC minister on xenophobic violence
    South Africans need to be made more aware of what anti-xenophobia means says Pravin Gordhan.
    BBC News.  Wed, 20 May 2015 10:30:50 GMT.
  • Download: Cara McCarty
    The design director on a South African jazz pianist, a British actor and the heady scent of flowers.
    Kate Murphy.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 16 May 2015 18:30:13 GMT.
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  • New Look, British Retailer, to Be Acquired by Brait of South Africa for $1.2 Billion
    The investment firm Brait plans to buy a 90 percent stake in the chain from funds advised by the private equity firms Apax Partners and Permira.
    Chad Bray.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 15 May 2015 08:15:38 GMT.
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  • Activists: 'Countless' S. Africa Immigrants Detained
    Human rights activists say South Africa's security forces are promoting xenophobic attacks and legitimizing hatred with their recent roundup and arrest of foreign nationals in Johannesburg and Durban. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 12 May 2015 12:49:51 -0400.
  • Criminal Gang Attacks South African Salvation Army Home For Abandoned Babies
    WHITTIER, Calif., May 11, 2015 -- Ethembeni, The Salvation Army's home for abused, abandoned and HIV & AIDS babies from birth to age 3, was robbed at gunpoint shortly after 6pm on Thursday May 3rd, 2015. ...
    PR Newswire.  Mon, 11 May 2015 19:45:00 EDT.
  • Steinhoff's Markus Johannes Jooste: Building 'Africa's Ikea'
    Markus Jooste has transformed Steinhoff International from a South African manufacturer into the second-largest household-goods retailer in Europe, earning his company the nickname “Africa’s Ikea.”
    By Daniel Fisher.  Forbes.  Wed, 6 May 2015 13:30:00 GMT.
South Africa map, showing Pretoria, the South African capital, and other South African cities

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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