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Key Facts About South Africa

Capital - Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)

Largest city - Johannesburg (3.8 million people)

Area - 1,221,037 square kilometres (471,443 square miles) - 25th largest country in world

Population - 50,000,000 (25th largest in world) - 2011 census

Currency - South African Rand

Exchange rate - 1:11.2 (£:R)

Time zone - +2 GMT

Drives - On the left

International calling code - +27

Language - 11 (English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu, Sepedi, Sotho, Tshivenda, Tswana, Swati and Xitsonga)

President - Jacob Zuma

Independence - 31st May 1910 (from England)