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  2. About South Africa

    The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of the African continent. It borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho, an independent enclave surrounded by South African territory. South Africa is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and is widely regarded as the most socially and economically developed country on the continent.

    South Africa has experienced a different history from other nations in Africa as a result of early immigration from Europe and the strategic importance of the Cape Sea Route. European immigration started shortly after the Dutch East India Company founded a station at (what was to become) Cape Town in 1652. The closure of the Suez Canal during the Six Day War exemplifies its significance. The country's relatively developed infrastructure made its mineral wealth available and important to Western interests, particularly throughout the late nineteenth century; then, with international competition and rivalry during the Cold War. South Africa is an ethnically diverse nation with the largest white, Indian, and racially-mixed communities in Africa. Black South Africans, who speak nine officially-recognised languages and many more dialects, account for slightly less than 80% of the population.

    Racial strife between the white minority and the black majority has played a large part in the country's history and politics, culminating in apartheid, which was instituted in 1948 by the National Party (although segregation existed prior to that date). The laws that defined apartheid began to be repealed or abolished by the National Party in 1990 after a long and sometimes violent struggle (including economic sanctions from the international community) by the Black majority as well as many White, Coloured, and Indian South Africans.

    A number of philosophies and ideologies have developed in South Africa including ubuntu (the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity); Gandhi's notion of "passive resistance" (satyagraha), developed while he lived in South Africa; and also Jan Smuts' holism.

    Regular elections have been held for almost a century; however, the majority of South Africans were not enfranchised until 1994. The economy of South Africa is the largest and best developed on the continent, with modern infrastructure common throughout the country.

    South Africa is often referred to as the "Rainbow Nation" a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and later adopted by then-President Nelson Mandela. Mandela used the term "Rainbow Nation" as a metaphor to describe the country's newly-developing multicultural diversity in the wake of segregationist apartheid ideology. The country's socially progressive policies are rare in Africa. By 2007, the country had joined Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada in legalising same-sex marriage."

  3. Quotes about South Africa

    1. The World Cup is the most explosive and widely viewed sporting event on earth. Over 700 million people watched the final game of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Allvoices is proud to enable the world to express their spirit and passion for the World Cup by reporting news from the games in South Africa. Allvoices is about news and diverse opinions, and fans can unite and celebrate through shared perspectives and a mutual love for the sport.
      In Allvoices Launches 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa News Reporting Contest
    2. We believe that Feersum Engine is a perfect solution for frontier markets like South Africa, where customers don't want to have to use their limited data allowance to download new apps that they aren't already using to interact with brands.
      In #BotConAfrica2016: Prakelt launches new multilingual chatbot