Area: 437,877 square miles
Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), Bloemfontein (judicial)
Languages: There are eleven official languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu.
Ethnicity: Black African 79%, White 9.6%, Mixed Race 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%
Location: South Africa is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, the Indian Ocean, and the South Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Geography: Africa’s southernmost country, South Africa has three major natural regions: the plateau, the mountains, and the coastal belt.
Population (2010 estimate): 49,052,489
Religions: Most South Africans list themselves as Christians (about 80%), but there are significant communities of Hindus, Muslims, and Jews.
Time zone: South Africa is on South Africa Standard Time (SAST), seven hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 1pm in South Africa.