Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fun Facts About South Africa!

  • South Africa has had 6 Nobel Prize winners, and is the only nation in the world where two prize winners live on the same street (Nelson Mandela lives down the street from Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Soweto).
  • The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond was found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats. It was cut into several different diamonds, the largest being the Great Star of Africa weighing 530.2 carats. The diamonds are now a part of the British crown jewels.
  • South Africa is the world leader in mining and minerals.
  • The first human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967 by Dr. Christian Barnard.
  • South Africa is home to 4 of the 5 fastest land animals in Africa- the cheetah, the lion, the wildebeest, and the Thomson's gazelle.
  • More than 50% of paragliding records have been set in South Africa.
  • South Africa is home to the 2010 World Cup.
  • South Africa has eleven national languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setwana, Swati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga
  • South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Its nickname is the Rainbow Nation.
  • South Africa has 3 capitals: Johannesburg (legislative), Pretoria (executive), and Bloemfontein (judicial).

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