Some more interesting trivia about South Africa.
What Makes South Africa Unique?
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
The rand, the worlds 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
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 were 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
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 Africas 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
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
South Africa has the second oldest Film Industry in the world.
The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the
South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.
South Africa has the highest commercial bungi jump in the world
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
The Lost City Resort is the largest thermal resort in the world as
well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern
South Africa has the world’s second oldest air force, established
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
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.
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