1. South Africa is called the "Rainbow Nation" because it has 11 official languages.
  2. South Africa is the world's 24th-most populous nation, with over 55 million people.
  3. Nearly half the gold ever mined has come
    from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  4. The San people of Southern Africa today use the same set of tools that were found in a Cave, dating to 44,000 years ago.
  5. Racial segregation in South Africa began in colonial times under the Dutch Empire, then the British, and became an official policy in 1948, lasting until 1991.
  6. South Africa is one of the few in Africa never to have had a coup d'etat, and regular elections have been held for almost a century.
  7. Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first black president.
  8. More than 1,000 white farmers have been killed in South Africa since 1990.
  9. South Africans can legally attach flamethrowers to cars to repel carjackers.
  10. Graca Machel is the only woman to have been first lady of two separate countries: Mozambique and South Africa.
  11. Nelson Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in the Transkeian Territories of South Africa's modern Eastern Cape province.
  12. There's an Android App from South Africa to help calculate how many cows you have to give as dowry for a wife.
  13. There is a 6000-year-old tree in South Africa that has a bar inside.
  14. During Apartheid, Glasgow renamed the street where the South African Consulate was located to "Nelson Mandela Place." Consular officials would be forced to look at his name when reading and addressing postal correspondence.
  15. In 1962, the CIA told South Africa the location of Nelson Mandela, leading to his arrest, which put him in jail for 27 years.
  16. Nearly 1 in 5 people in South Africa is HIV positive, one of the biggest rates in the world.
  17. Donald Trump was the most Googled person of 2016 in 88 countries, including Mexico, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.
  18. One in three South African men admitted having committed a rape, a survey found.
  19. Under Apartheid in South Africa, Filipinos were classified as black while Chinese were considered "non-white" and Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans were "honorary whites."
  20. In 1986, Ronald Reagan vetoed an anti-apartheid legislation enacted by the U.S. congress to impose sanctions against South Africa and stop apartheid.
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