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Republic of South Africa

Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

Area: 1,219,912 sq km

Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Terrain: vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain

Population: 43,426,386 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), traditional and animistic 28.5%

Languages: 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Capital: Pretoria (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); Bloemfontein (judicial)

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