Official name: Republic of South Africa
Area: 1,221,037 sq. km
Official languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Setswana, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga-Shangaan, Venda, Ndebele
Population: 51 770 560 habitants (recensement 2011)
Religions: Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Other Christian
Independence day: 31 May 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and Orange Free State).
Structure of Government:
Executive: The President is elected by the National Assembly to serve a 5-year term (eligible for a second term).
Legislative: Bicameral Parliament consisting of a National Council of Provinces (Upper Chamber) and a National Assembly (Lower Chamber). Members of both Chambers are elected for 5-year terms.
Judicial: The Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the High Court are the highest courts in the country.
Foreign policy: South Africa is a member of AU, UN, UNAMID, UNTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNITAR, Security Council (temporary), UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, etc.
GDP: 384, 315 billion USD
Main economic resources: Gold, chrome, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphate, pewter, uranium, diamonds, gemstones, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas, etc.
Mixed legal system of English common law, Roman-Dutch civil law, and customary law.
International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection
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