South Africa

Key Stats

Capital: Pretoria

Population: 54.8 million

Average life expectancy: 64 years

Literacy rate: 94%

Population living below poverty line: 17%

Population without electricity: 7.7 million

Population without access to safe drinking water: 3.7 million

Most widely spoken language: Zulu

Source: The World Factbook

About South Africa

South Africa is located at the southernmost point of the African continent. It is bordered by Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. While known for its vibrant, bustling cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, many are quick to forget that South Africa faces one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world and is still working to undo years of inequality created by apartheid. Home to the oldest art objects in the world, today's South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions.

South Africa