South Africa Facts, Geography & Population

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South Africa Facts

  • Official name: Republic of South Africa
  • Population: 51.8-million (Census 2011) • 56.5-million (2017 mid-year population estimates)
  • Currency: Rand (ZAR). One rand (R) = 100 cents
  • Time: Two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
  • Measures: metric system
  • Internet domain: .za

Geography of South Africa

  • Capital cities: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
  • Land area: 1,219,090 square kilometres
  • Coastline: 2,798 kilometres
  • Neighbouring countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho
  • Oceans: The Atlantic Ocean and The Indian Ocean
  • Climate: Temperate
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South Africa Population

According to the most recent census, Census 2011, South Africa’s population stands at 51,770,560 people. The 2017 mid-year population estimate puts it at 56.5-million.

CENSUS 2011
Population group Number % of the total
African 41 000 938 79.2%
Coloured 4 615 401 8.9%
White 4 586 838 8.9%
Indian/Asian 1 286 930 2.5%
TOTAL 51 770 560 100%
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