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Friday 19 December 2014

Best of South Africa

 

"If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness." -Nelson Mandela, 1st Post Apartheid President of South Africa

 

 

 

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

 

 

 

“Best of South Africa” is a celebration of the crème that our country has to offer, a tangible reminder and visual celebration of what makes South Africa great, a country people truly fall in love with - locals and international visitors alike. In spite of the world economic downturn, South Africa remains resilient showing continued growth.

 

Our sincere thanks must go to the wonderful participants showcased; representing the “Best of” in their respective fields. We profile these individuals, companies and organizations with much pride and celebrate their success which in turn helps us all to promote and showcase South Africa to our dedicated partners and clients across the world and at home.

 

 

 

The continued growth and sustainability of South Africa is largely thanks to the patriotic nature in all our blood, which enjoys an unbreakable optimism ensuring this nation succeeds against any odds. We are extremely proud to play a part in promoting our country and will continue to do so.

 

Success is a Choice!

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Land of Opportunity: Welcome to Sunny South Africa

 

South Africa is best described as a world in one country. Its breathtaking scenery includes soaring mountains and stark deserts, golden beaches and vast game reserves where the Big Five roam in natural bushveld. South Africa is a rewarding destination for the tourist and business traveler alike. It is a land of opportunity and promise! Today different cultures and races live in harmony, weaving a colourful tapestry in the busy urban streets and quiet rural landscapes. It offers the visitor worldclass infrastructure, transport and accommodation, a hot and sunny climate, a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as the famous warmth of our South African welcome.

 

South Africa Skyline

History of South Africa

South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world.  Extensive fossil remains at the Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Makapansgat caves suggest that various australopithecines existed in South Africa from about three million years ago.  These were succeeded by various species of Homo, including Homo habilis, Homo erectus and modern humans, Homo sapiens.

 

South African Wildlife

 

Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years.  A century and a half after the discovery of the Cape Sea Route, the Dutch East India Company founded a refreshment station at what would become Cape Town in 1652. Cape Town became a British colony in 1806. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German and French settlers) and the British Settlers claimed land in the north and east of the country. Conflicts arose among the Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaner groups. However, the discovery of diamonds and later gold triggered the conflict known as the Anglo-Boer War as the Boers and the British fought for the control of the South African mineral wealth. Although the Boers were defeated, limited independence was given to South Africa in 1910 as a British dominion.

 

Anti-British policies focused on ultimate independence which was achieved in 1961 when South Africa was declared a republic. The leading National Party legislated for a continuation of racial segregation begun under Dutch and British colonial rule, Boer republics (and which in 1948 became legally institutionalized segregation known as apartheid), despite opposition both in and outside of the country.

 

 

In 1990 the then president F.W. de Klerk began to dismantle this legislation, and in 1994 the first democratic election was held in South Africa. This election brought Nelson Mandela and the current ruling party, the African National Congress to power, and the country rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations. South Africa is known for its diversity, and eleven official languages are recognised in its constitution.  English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life, however it is only the fifth most spoken home language.  

 

South Africa is ethnically diverse, with the largest Caucasian, Indian, and racially mixed communities in Africa. Although 79.6% of the South African population is Black, this category is neither culturally nor linguistically homogenous, as people within this classification speak a number of different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status.  Midyear 2007, the South African population was estimated at 47.9 million

 

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By UN classification South Africa is a middle-income country with an abundant supply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors, a stock exchange (the JSE Limited), that ranks among the top twenty in the world, and a modern infrastructure supporting an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centres throughout the entire region. South Africa is ranked 20th in the world in terms of GDP (PPP) as of 2007.

 

South Africa - Drakensburg

 

Advanced development is significantly localised around four areas: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Pretoria/Johannesburg. Beyond these four economic centres, development is marginal and poverty is still prevalent despite government efforts. Consequently the vast majority of South Africans are poor. However, key marginal areas have experienced rapid growth recently. Such areas include Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay; Rustenburg area; Nelspruit area; Bloemfontein; Cape West Coast; and the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Even though South Africa has the seventh highest per capita income in Africa, only behind Libya, Mauritius it suffers from large income gaps and a dual economy marking it as a developing country.

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