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Augrabies Falls Waterfall
Bambayi Place
Blyde River Canyon Canyon
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Cango Caves Natural Cave
Cape Agulhas
Cape Hangklip
Cape Point
Cape Town City
Cedarberg Range
Durban Place
Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa
Franschhoek City
Gamkaskloof-The Hell
Giants Castle
Golden Gate
Great Karoo
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
Hole in the Wall
Isandlwana Place
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Johannesburg Place
Johannesburg Place
Kadishi Tufa Falls Waterfall
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kimberley City
Kosi Bay
Kruger-Mopane Veld
Kruger-Southern Hilly Country
Kruger-The River Lines
Lakeland-The Garden Route
Langebaan Lagoon
Lowveld Fever Trees
Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
New Brighton Place
Oribi Gorge Canyon
Otter Trail Hike
Plettenberg Bay
Pretoria Place
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Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
Sociable Weaver
Soweto Place
Table Mountain Mountain
The Compassberg
The Drakensberg
The Hex River
The Richtersveld
The Swartberg
Tsitsikamma Coast
Tswaing Crater-Pretoria Salt Pan
Valley of Desolation
Vredefort Dome
Wilderness Lakes
Worcester Place

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Cape Gooseberry Fruit Cape Gooseberry has been cultivated on the Cape of Good Hope since before 1807.
Castle Lager Beer
Castle Milk Stout Beer
Durban Pale Ale Beer
iJuba Special Beer
Mitchells 90 Beer
Ostrich Meat Ostriches have been farmed in South Africa since the early 1880s, Oudtshoorn is the capital of the ostrich industry
Raven Stout Beer

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Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa - The World Factbook

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Particulars for South Africa:
Locale Type Nation

Demonym: South African
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 67

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Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. In January 2011, South Africa assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term. - The World Factbook

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