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PlaceTypeAsNotedInArea
PlaceTypeAsNotedInArea
Eastern Cape, ZA South African Province
Free State, ZA South African Province
Gauteng, ZA South African Province
KwaZulu-Natal, ZA South African Province
Limpopo, ZA South African Province
Mpumalanga, ZA South African Province
North West, ZA South African Province
Northern Cape, ZA South African Province
Western Cape, ZA South African Province

Eat and Drink »

FoodTypeDescription
FoodTypeDescription
Bobotie First made by the Boer settlers, potbrood is bread traditionally baked in a cast-iron pot.
Boerewors Meat Sausage
Cape Gooseberry Fruit Cape Gooseberry have been cultivated on the Cape of Good Hope since before 1807.
Castle Lager Beer
Castle Milk Stout Beer
Droewors Meat Sausage Droewors is a South African snack sausage originally from Namibia.
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.
Potbrood Bobotie is a Cape-Malay dish of baked spiced minced meat.
Raven Stout Beer



Geography »

Information »

Location

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

Data »

Particulars for South Africa:
Locale Type Nation
Food Attribute South African Food

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


History »

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

Creative Works »

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A Dry White Season Book Andre Brink
Ancestral Voices Book Etienne van Heerden
Burger's Daughter Book Nadine Gordimer
Chaka the Zulu Book Thoms Mofolo
Cry the Beloved Country Book Alan Paton
Disgrace Book J M Coetzee
Down Second Avenue Book E'skia Mphahlele's
Dusklands Short Story Collection J M Coetzee
In the Heart of the Country Book J M Coetzee
Inkanyezi Nezazi Song Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Islands Book Dan Sleigh
July's People Book Nadine Gordimer
Mother's Milk Book Edward St Aubyn
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (book) Ethnography Book Joseph Lelyveld
Shaka Zulu Album Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Heart of Redness Book Zakes Mda
The Life and Times of Michael K Book J M Coetzee
The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee (Short Story) Short Story J M Coetzee
The Steam Pig Novel James Howe McClure Set in the South Africa during the Apartheid era, "The Steam Pig" features a white Afrikaner detective, Lieutenant Kramer, and a Black Bantu, Sergeant Zondi.
Tsotsi Film Gavin Hood "Tsotsi" was filmed and is set in Johannesburg, South Africa
Union Reunion (Short Story) Short Story
Angus Wilson
Waiting for the Barbarians Book J M Coetzee

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