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South Africa

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Population:

48,782,756 (2008)

Land area:

1,219,912 sq. km.

Capital:

Pretoria (executive; est. pop. 1,000,000; 2005). Cape Town (legislative; pop. 2,893,251; 2005). Bloemfontein (judicial; 369,568; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, South Africa ranked 121st in the UNDP Human Development Index and 26th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $5,380.60. Public debt accounts for 31.3 percent of total GDP, while 50 percent of South Africans are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

From most to least spoken, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Tswana, English, Sotho, Tsonga, Swat, Venda, and Ndebele are all official languages. Most South Africans are bilingual at a minimum, and many can communicate in upwards of three or four.

Monkey's name:

The Monkey isn’t sure about his name in all 11 official languages. He believes his name in Zulu and Xhosa is Inkawu. In Afrikaans, it’s Aap. And in English, the country’s de facto business and media language, it’s Monkey.

Fun fact:

The world’s first heart transplant operation took place under the knife of Dr. Christiaan Barnard, at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, in 1967.

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