Fascinating facts about South Africa?

I need around 3 fascinating facts about ZA; including things about their culture, lifestyle, animals, language etc etc.

preferably as many as you know

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    50 Interesting Facts About South Africa1. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.

    2. The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

    3. Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.

    4. South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world.

    5. South Africa has the longest wine route in the world.

    6. Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.

    7. South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries' game parks to create a 13,500 square mile game park, which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.

    8. South Africa has a penguin colony, which thrives thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near the Cape.

    9. South Africa is rated 3rd in the world in supplying safe, drinkable tap water.

    10. The Palace of the Lost City resort hotel is the largest theme resort hotel in the world as well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere.

    11. Walt Disney serves South African wine exclusively at its 73-acre Animal Kingdom Lodge in the United States.

    12. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.

    13. The deepest mine is a gold mine in South Africa. in 1977 the Western Deep Levels Mine reached a depth of 11,749 feet. Most mines descend to about 3,300 feet.

    14. South Africa is the only country in the world to voluntarily abandon its nuclear weapons program.

    15. South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track - 80% of Africa's rail infrastructure.

    16. South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa's electricity.

    17. The Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world, where the water tumbles down 2,789 feet. First place goes to the Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3,212 feet.

    18. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world - and the largest green one. The Grand Canyon in the U.S. is the biggest, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia the second, but both are very dry.

    19. South Africa is home to the world's smallest succulent plants (less than 0.39 inches) and the largest (the baobab tree).

    20. Kimberley may have the biggest man-made hole in the world, but did you know that the southern Free State town of Jagersfontein has the deepest vertical man-made hole?

    21. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace prizewinners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

    22. South Africa is the world's largest producer of macadamia nuts.

    23. South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world.

    24. South Africa is the world's leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.

    25. South Africa is the first country in Africa to host the prestigious FIFA World Cup (will take place in 2010).

    26. South Africa has the oldest meteor scar in the world, just across the Vaal River near Parys, called the Vredefort Dome. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    27. South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square kilometer, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests.

    28. South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C Class, right-hand drive vehicles .

    29. General Motors South Africa will be the only manufacturing site outside of the United States to build the Hummer H3 vehicle.

    30. South Africa is one of the most generously endowed geographic solar hotspots in the world, soaking up just over half of the world's highest category of solar wattage per square yard of land.

    31. South Africa has deserts, mountains, escarpments, plateaus, grasslands, bush, wetlands and subtropical forests.

    32. Most of the world's proto-mammalian fossils are found in the Karoo region.

    33. Dr. Christiaan Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967. He was also the first to do a "piggyback" transplant in 1971, and he was the first to do a heart-lung transplant.

    34. The vast majority of South African coal exports are shipped through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). With the capacity to export 79.4 mmst annually, RBCT is the world's largest coal export facility.

    35. The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa,

  • 4 years ago

    lol the most fascinating fact about south africa for me is that its the country that potentially "has it all" - nowhere else in the world would be able to compete if we could sort out the politics... now that street you mentioned with the two "nobel peace prize winners" in it... maybe if we started a neighbourhood clean up starting there....

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