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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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""Gautrain
The Gautrain is an 80-kilometre (50 mi) "mass rapid transit railway system in "Gauteng Province, "South Africa, which links "Johannesburg, "Pretoria, and "OR Tambo International Airport. It was built to relieve the traffic congestion in the Johannesburg–Pretoria traffic corridor and offer commuters a viable alternative to "road transport, as Johannesburg has limited "public transport infrastructure. The project was completed with the opening on 7 June 2012 of the final section between "Rosebank and "Johannesburg Park Station, which had been delayed by problems with excess water seeping into the tunnel between the two stations.

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""The Union Buildings in Pretoria

  • ...that although "Pretoria is considered to be the capital of "South Africa, the country actually has three capitals: "Pretoria (executive), "Cape Town (legislative), and "Bloemfontein (judicial).
  • ...that "South Africa entirely surrounds another country - "Lesotho, an independent constitutional monarchy.
  • ...that Approximately 900 bird species are found in South Africa alone, which represents 10% of the worlds total bird species.


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""Chad le Clos
Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos, OIS (born 12 April 1992) is a "South African swimmer who is an Olympic and "Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly. He won gold in the 200 meter butterfly and silver in the 100 meter butterfly in the "2012 Olympics in London. He also won five medals at the "2010 Summer Youth Olympics in "Singapore.

He attended "Westville Boys' High School in "Durban, "South Africa, matriculating in 2010. He has been swimming from a very young age, and when he started competing at the age of 10 he already had a few years of training under his belt.

Le Clos was conferred the silver "Order of Ikhamanga on 27 April 2013 in absentia. In a statement by the Chairperson of the National Orders Advisory Council, Dr. Cassius Lubisi, le Clos was conferred the honour "For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of Aquatic sports."

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""Nelson Mandela
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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