Living in South Africa
South Africa is a colourful country with an open, multi-cultural society, combining many ethnic groups. With a competitive global economy, South Africa is currently classed as a developing, middle-income country, with great potential for future growth. It offers stunning scenery and a variety of lifestyles to suit a broad range of preferences.
Situated at the southern tip of Africa, between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, South Africa is an ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse country that also offers a amazing and varied landscapes. There are eleven official languages recognised in the South Africa constitution, including Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Swazi.
South Africa is also characterised by a high level of ethnic diversity. Almost 80% of the country is of African ancestry, from different ethnic groups, and South Africa also contains the largest European and Asian communities on the continent. The general quality of life in South Africa is not as high as in Europe or the USA; crime is high in certain areas and education standards can be poor in certain schools. There are fully developed areas such as Cape Town or Durban, and a good quality of life is certainly attainable.
The amazing diversity of South African culture, wildlife and the scenery - ranging from deserts to lush forests, along with relatively low living costs make it a very attractive destination. There is tremendous potential for future growth, and if you are planning to settle down permanently you can certainly enjoy a great lifestyle.
Interesting facts about South Africa
- Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world
- In eastern South Africa, scientists have found traces of blue-green algae dating back 3,500 million years making it some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth
- It is one of the world's largest exporters of fruit
- It has the cheapest electricity in the world
- South Africa is home to the third largest biodiversity in the world
- Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom
- South Africa has three capital cities – Cape Town as the legislative capital, Pretoria as the administrative capital, and Bloemfontein as the judicial capital
- South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, and Pinotage varieties
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