South Africa is one of the most developed countries in Africa with an amazing population of 50.59 million people making up slightly more than 5% of the total population of Africa. The country is located at the southern end of the African continent. It is officially recognized as the Republic of South Africa and shares borders on the north with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; Mozambique and Swaziland on the eastern part; the rest are water bodies. Even though it is surrounded by countries and water bodies, it is very interesting to know that South Africa completely encloses the country of Lesotho. This video highlights some of the most amazing, interesting and even weird South Africa facts.
- There are eleven official languages in South Africa? And that most South Africans speak more than one? Zulu is the most common language, followed by Xhosa. With Afrikaans and English being the third and fourth most popular in the country
2. South Africa has three capital cities? Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.
3. The famous Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserve? It is circa 19,635 square kilometers, almost as big as the country Belgium!
4. South Africa is the second largest fruit producers in the entire world – many thanks to the optimal climatic condition of the country has made it possible to support quite a large range and species of fruits. The country is famed as the fourth biggest apple producer, second biggest pears producer, the world’s tenth largest sugar producer, and the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts.
5. South Africa is the first country to develop an unimaginably rare coal-to-oil technology. Due to the aftermath of the second world war, South Africa was struggling economically, and oil was hard to access, so due to the country’s vast coal reserves, they decided to research on how to turn coal into oil.
Though the South African country thought that converting coal into a liquid was absolutely impossible at first, it turned out that it was easier than they had anticipated. Today, the country is one of the biggest companies in South Africa Synthetic Oil Liquid (SASOL).
Also, China and the United States of America seem to have followed suit. While China is said to have begun the construction of a coal-to-oil plant, the US has adopted the study of coal-to-oil technology as part of its academic curriculum.
6. South Africa’s coastline is said to be around 2500 km and has witnessed over 2000 shipwrecks, most dating back at least 500 years.
The dangerous coastline has claimed thousands of vessels and lives over the centuries. Some popular shipwrecks off the South African coast include the SS Thomas T Tucker, Grosvenor, the Waratah, the Arniston, the Oceanos, the Birkenhead, and the Sacramento. These outrageous number of wrecks could likely be the reason the coast was dubbed “the graveyard of ships” and “the Cape of the storm”.
7. The Palace of the Lost City is the world’s largest themed resort hotel in the world and is located in Sun City, Rustenburg, South Africa. The five-star hotel is surrounded by a 25-hectare man-made botanical jungle with almost 2 million plants, trees, and shrubs in existence.
Since its establishment in 1992, the legendary palace has hosted millions of fun lovers from across the world. The Palace of the Lost City is a must-see for anyone with plans of visiting South Africa.
8. In South Africa, it is against the law to sit closer than 2 Meters to any individual of the opposite sex, if he or she wears nothing but a swimming dress. (Who decides the reference point is who I really don’t know)
9. The country is the first, and up till date, the only country to build its own nuclear weapons and to voluntarily dismantle its nuclear weapons programme. There is no other country in history that has done so.
10. It should be noted that the very first world’s heart transplant was done in South Africa and that was on 3rd December 1967. It was performed on Louis Washkansky, a Lithuanian Jew migrant, at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town South Africa.
The surgical operation lasted for six hours. However, Washkansky succumbed to pneumonia eighteen days after the renowned transplant.