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    Default Interesting facts about South Africa.

    Amazing facts we all forget while being incessantly bombarded with bad news! How true it is i am not sure!


    Infrastructure:

    The world's biggest hospital is the Chris Hani - Baragwanath Hospital
    in Soweto.

    South Africa is one of only 12 countries where tap water is safe to
    drink. Its tap water is rated the third best worldwide.

    Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world after
    Washington, D.C.

    South Africa is the world's biggest producer and exporter of mohair.

    The rand, the world’s most actively traded emerging market currency,
    has joined an elite club of 15 currencies - the Continuous Linked
    Settlement (CLS) - where forex transactions are settled immediately,
    lowering the risks of transacting across time zones.

    South Africa mines deeper than any other country in the world, up to
    depths of 2.5 miles at the Western Deep Levels Mine.

    It has the largest hydro-electric tunnel system in the world at the
    Orange Fish Rivers Tunnel.

    South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.

    Electricity costs are the second lowest in the world.

    South Africa is the world's largest producer of macadamia nuts.

    Officially, the youngest language in the world is Afrikaans. By the
    early-20th century Afrikaans had developed from Dutch, French and
    other influences into a fully fledged language with its own
    dictionary. After a mere 90 years, it is the second most spoken
    language in South Africa (Zulu is the most spoken, the Zulu people
    being the largest ethnic group).

    South Africa is the world's biggest producer of gold, platinum,
    chromium, vanadium, manganese and alumino-silicates. It also produces
    nearly 40% of the world's chrome and vermiculite.

    Durban is the largest port in Africa and the ninth largest in the world.

    South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa's electricity.

    There are about 280,000 windmills on farms across South Africa, second
    in number only to Australia.

    The world's two largest platinum mines are located near Rustenburg.

    While occupying 4% of Africa's landmass, South Africa boasts more than
    50% of the cars, phones, automatic bank tellers and industrial
    facilities on the continent.

    The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), now rising from a Karoo
    koppie in Sutherland is the largest telescope in the southern
    hemisphere (and third largest in the world).

    South Africa is a middle income country with a strong emerging economy
    – the 25th largest in the world - and produces more goods than
    Portugal, Russia or Singapore. It also has Africa’s biggest economy,
    three times larger than Nigeria or Egypt.

    South Africa has the fourth largest coal reserves in the world. Its
    coal industry ranks sixth in the world in terms of output of hard coal
    and third in terms of seaborne international coal trade.

    Currently, South Africa is the only country in the world that has
    voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal.

    South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track - 80% of Africa's rail
    infrastructure.

    South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the
    Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault,
    Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage
    varietals.

    Entertainment:

    South Africa has the second oldest Film Industry in the world.

    The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world.
    South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.

    South Africa has the highest commercial bungi jump in the world (710 feet).

    M-Net is Africa's largest pay television service, delivering 24-hour
    programming to dozens of countries across the continent.

    South Africa has the most luxurious train in the world, The Rovos Rail.

    The Lost City Resort is the largest thermal resort in the world as
    well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern
    hemisphere.

    Military History:

    South Africa has the world's second oldest air force, established 1920.
    The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) was the first war of the 20th century
    and saw the introduction of trench warfare, the first large-scale use
    of concentration camps for non-combatants, and the most prolonged
    period of guerrilla warfare by a conquered nation's military against a
    victorious army.

    Camouflage was first used in battle by the Boers, who used camouflaged
    trenches and adapted battledress to blend into treeless landscapes.

    The world's first news footage and propaganda films were shot during
    the Anglo-Boer War.

    Technologically, it saw the first use of a generation of weapons that
    are still with us today - automatic handguns, magazine-fed rifles, and
    machine guns.

    The Guinness Book of Records lists the Anglo-Boer War as Britain's
    most costly war outside of the two World Wars.

    Travel & Nature:

    The Kruger National Park nature reserve supports the greatest variety
    of wildlife species on the African continent. It is roughly the size
    of Wales, or the state of Massachusetts (USA), which makes it the
    eighth largest reserve in the world.

    Home to one of the world's 6 floral kingdoms, South Africa has
    one-tenth (23 200) of the world's flowering plants, of which nearly 19
    000 are endemic, making it the richest region in the world in terms of
    species to area - 1.7 times richer even than Brazil. It is the only
    country in the world to contain an entire floral kingdom.

    It is home to more kinds of mammals than North and South America
    combined; or Europe and Asia together.

    South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square
    kilometer, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.

    Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest
    mountains in the world. Standing at just over 1000 metres, it
    dominates the city's skyline. Table Mountain can be seen as far as 200
    kilometres out to sea.

    South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world.

    Paarl is South Africa's third oldest town and home to KWV Cellars- the
    largest wine cellar in the world (covering 22 hectares).

    Kimberley's 'Big Hole' is the largest hand-dug hole in the world and
    is deeper than Table Mountain is high. Kimberley also has the only
    drive-in pubs in the world.

    Mpumalanga province is home to the Blyderiver Canyon, the third
    largest canyon in the world - and the largest green one. The Grand
    Canyon in the U.S. is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in
    Namibia the second, but both are very dry.

    The Tugela Falls in KwaZulu Natal, at 948m (3110ft), is the second
    highest waterfall in the world.

    The world's best land-based whale-watching spot is located in
    Hermanus, Western Cape.

    Mossel Bay is in the Guinness Book of records as having the second
    most moderate climate in the world.

    Seal Island in False Bay is the only place in the world where Great
    Whites consistently breach (leap completely out of the water) to catch
    their prey, mainly seals. It also boasts the highest frequency of
    Great White shark attacks in the world.

    In 1991, South Africa became the first country in the world to protect
    the Great White shark.

    According to 'Trivial Pursuit', Graaf-Reinett in the Western Cape has
    the world's biggest grapevine.

    Fossilized footprints were found at Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape, in
    a sand-dune-turned-rock. The 117,000 year-old fossils are the oldest
    known footprints of an anatomically modern human.

    Most of the world's proto-mammalian fossils are found in the Karoo region.

    The 2,02 billion year-old crater in Vredefort is the oldest known
    crater on Earth. The general estimate of its original diameter is
    roughly 300 km, which makes it the largest crater on the planet, as
    well.

    The Sterkfontein Caves, in Gauteng, is the site where the oldest human
    skeletal remains were found in the world (3,5 million years old). This
    is the place where the human race was born! ?? Bruce ?

    Close to Oudtshoorn are the Cango Caves, a 3 km long sequence of
    caverns of glittering stalagmites and stalactites, which makes it the
    longest underground cave sequence in the world.

    The Boesmansgat is renowned as the second deepest sinkhole (about 299
    metres) and the largest of its kind in the world. Many attempts have
    been made at world records in cave-diving in this exceptional
    sinkhole.

    The St. Lucia estuarine system, in Kwazulu Natal, is the largest
    estuarine system in Africa.

    South Africa is home to the world's smallest succulent plants (less
    than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).

    Business:

    The Rand Refinery is the largest refinery of gold in the world.

    The South African oil company SASOL has established the only
    commercially proven oil from coal operations in the world.

    The world's biggest producer of non-fuel minerals is South African
    company Anglo-American Corporation.

    The University of South Africa UNISA is a pioneer of tertiary distance
    education and is believed to be the largest correspondence university
    in the world with 250,000 students.

    Eskom, the national electricity utility, is the world's fourth largest
    in terms of both sales volume and normal capacity.

    The De Beers Group of companies control more than 80% of the world
    supply of rough diamonds.

    SABMiller ranks as the largest brewing company in the world by volume.
    It supplies up to 50% of China's beer.

    Samancor Limited is the world's largest producer by sales of manganese
    and chrome products.

    The Johannesburg Stock Exchange was the 7th best performing stock
    market in 2005, according to the World Federation of Exchanges.

    Stellenbosch University was the first university in the world to
    design and launch a microsatellite.

    South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class,
    right-hand drive vehicles.

    KSDP Pentagraph is rated as the world's second best design company by
    British design magazine, 'Creative Review'. The company is responsible
    for the new-look packaging of 'Fanta' and design modifications of
    'Coca-Cola' soft drinks worldwide.
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    I dont think all of those are still valid and some are fading fast

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    Very, Very interesting.

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    There should be a crime and corruption section as well, I'm sure we hold many records there... lol

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    Thanks for reminding us of the great place we have!! We do have our problems but no place is perfect.

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    Makes me even more angry. How much tax of these business and economic infrastructure ends up towards advancing the country?

    Ask yourself this question.... If the Japs, Germans or Chinese is allowed free reign and control of this country, where would we be in 20 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roelof B View Post
    Thanks for reminding us of the great place we have!! We do have our problems but no place is perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roelof B View Post
    Thanks for reminding us of the great place we have!! We do have our problems but no place is perfect.
    +1
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    I'm going to argue with the "only 12 countries have safe drinking water" claim.

    I'll need to see some evidence for that before swallowing (get it?) that fact. I can think of 12 countries in western Europe alone where the tap water is safe to drink.......5 in the British Isles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jislaaik View Post
    There should be a crime and corruption section as well, I'm sure we hold many records there... lol
    SA possibly also have the highest percentage of people who will always have something negative to say about their own country
    There is never a right time to do the wrong thing and never a wrong time to do the right thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie1800 View Post
    I dont think all of those are still valid and some are fading fast
    for sure and soon we will have the record for destroying in record time one of the greatest countries

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    I agree with charlie
    These statistics seems a bit dated

    2 stand out for me in particular
    "Electricity costs are the second lowest in the world."

    "Eskom, the national electricity utility, is the world's fourth largest
    in terms of both sales volume and normal capacity."

    never mind the pure water one
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    You forgot, We are also the undisputed world champions in Jukskei.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneficus View Post
    I agree with charlie
    These statistics seems a bit dated

    2 stand out for me in particular
    "Electricity costs are the second lowest in the world."

    "Eskom, the national electricity utility, is the world's fourth largest
    in terms of both sales volume and normal capacity."

    never mind the pure water one
    Eskom is now the third largest, with the mothballed stations back on line.

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    td54x4 I think you have funny stats

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ity_production

    we rate 15'th

    and it has been low for at least a couple of years
    http://business.rediff.com/slide-sho...-the-world.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    SA possibly also have the highest percentage of people who will always have something negative to say about their own country
    or from a positive point of view, SA possibly also have the highest percentage of people who will have something negative to say about their country, because they have such high standards and expectations, and know improvement can be made.

    Why?

    because we are South AfriCAN, not can't.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneficus View Post
    td54x4 I think you have funny stats

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ity_production

    we rate 15'th
    Most of those countries have various "organisations" contributing to electricity production. Eskom is the third largest "organisation" in the world that produces electricity.

    15th in the world for total production is an achievement in itself. One would expect that almost all developed countries would produce more.

    Very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by td54x4 View Post
    or from a positive point of view, SA possibly also have the highest percentage of people who will have something negative to say about their country, because they have such high standards and expectations, and know improvement can be made.

    Why?

    because we are South AfriCAN, not can't.

    and we were used to more than we have now

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeRover View Post
    South Africa is the world's biggest producer and exporter of mohair.
    Good to know

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