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Information on South Africa
Name: Republic of South Africa
Provinces in South Africa: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, North West and the Western Cape
Population: 4,481,977 from the 2001 census
Capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative), and Bloemfontein (judicial)
Altitude: varies according to the area
Geography: South Africa is home on the southern tip of Africa with lover 1,533 miles of coastline starting at the border of Nambia on the Atlantic coast going southward to the tip and then heading north on the Indian Ocean to Mozambique. The coastal area is very narrow leading the way to mountainous terrain, which divides the coast from the high inland plateau.
Neighboring Countries: to the north you will find Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and to the east, Swaziland
Climate: South Africa has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures and sunshine the majority of the time. It is a dry country with only an average of 464mm per year. Summer months run from the middle of October to middle of February. Autumn months run from the middle of the February to April. Average summer temperatures in the middle of summer range from 15 to 36 degrees Celsius. Winter runs from May to July. Spring runs from August to the middle of October. Average winter temperatures range from -2 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Terrain: open plains, rolling hills, mountains, lakes, coastline, and busy modern cities.
Key Economic Sectors: automotive, tourism, mining, electronics, and chemicals
Professional Football Leagues and Clubs: Dynamos, Winners Park, Black Leopards, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Witbank Spurs, Platinum Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Supersport United, Pretoria University, Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows Orlando Pirates, FC AK, Jomo Cosmos, Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars, Carara Kicks, Amazulu, Golden Arrows, Thanda Royal Zulu, Maritzburg United, Durban Stars, Nathi Lions, Bay United, Tambo Cosmos, Ajax Cape Town, Santos, Hanover Park, Ikapa Sporting, FC Cape Town