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The "Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of the African continent. It borders the countries of "Namibia, "Botswana, "Zimbabwe, "Mozambique, and "Swaziland, and entirely surrounds "Lesotho.

South Africa has the largest population of people of "European descent in Africa,one of the largest "Indian population outside of "Asia, as well as the largest "Coloured (of mixed European, Asian and African descent) community in Africa, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries on the continent. Racial and ethnic strife between the black majority and the white minority have played a large part in the country's "history and "politics. The "National Party began introducing the policy of "apartheid after winning the general election of "1948; however, it was the same party under the leadership of "F.W. de Klerk who started to dismantle it in "1990 after a long struggle by the black majority, as well as many white, coloured and Indian South Africans.

The country is one of the few in Africa never to have had a "coup d'état, and regular free and fair elections have been held since "1994, making it a "regional power and among the most stable and "liberal democracies in Africa.

South Africa is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the "World Bank. It has the second largest economy in Africa after "Nigeria, and the 34th-largest in the world. By "purchasing power parity, South Africa has the "7th highest per capita income in Africa. Although being the second largest economy, South Africa has the most sophisticated economy in the continent, with modern infrastructure common throughout the country. The country is considered to be a "newly industrialized country according to the "World Bank classifications.

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""Old Cape Town city hall
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Taken on the 6th December 2013, the day after "Nelson Mandela's death. Preparations begin and crowds begin to gather for a speech to be given in remembrance of Mandela at the old Cape Town City Hall.

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""SAS Spioenkop (F147)
SAS Spioenkop (F147) is the third of four "Valour class "frigates for the "South African Navy built by the European South African Corvette Consortium. She was named by Ms Thandi Modise, the then Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence, in Hamburg, Germany, on 4 June 2003.

As with all the other ships of the Valour class, the Spioenkop is named after a famous South African battle or instance of great valour. In this case the famous "Battle of Spioenkop between the "Boers and "Great Britain, during the "Anglo-Boer War.

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""Anton van Wouw
Anton van Wouw (20 November 1862, "Driebergen - 30 July 1945, "Pretoria) was a "Dutch-born sculptor regarded as the father of "South African "sculpture.

Van Wouw decided to move to the developing city of "Pretoria at the age of 28 and waited for ten years to receive his first commission. This was from financier "Sammy Marks to create a monumental statue of "Paul Kruger, which stands on Church Square.

During his time spent in the wilderness he developed a great admiration for the "Boer nation. This also influenced his artistic development a great deal. He identified with the struggles and hopes of these people and this commitment was reflected in his work.

A great deal of his work, although representational, captures the rugged and emotional essence of his subjects. One of his most notable pieces of work is the figure of a woman used in the Women’s Monument near "Bloemfontein. He collaborated on this with the architect Frans Soff. He was also responsible for the less successful figure of a woman incorporated into the Voortrekker Monument near Pretoria, a powerful bust of General "Christiaan de Wet and the statue of "Louis Botha in "Durban.

He also portrayed indigenous peoples and among these smaller sculptures some of his finest work can be found. They are much less formal than his larger work and are appealing in their vivid and lifelike facial expressions.

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""Nelson Mandela
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

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