Capital Cities

The Republic of South Africa is most unusual in that it has three capitals. Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein the judicial capital and Cape Town the legislative capital.
Stunning Cape Town is a city with so much to offer. Sitting under the spectacular Table Mountain and nearby Kirstenbosch, South Africa’s world-famous national botanical garden, it boasts, wonderful beaches, amazing shopping and magnificent dining.. Cape Town is right in the centre of a major wine-growing region and being close to the ocean, the local speciality is seafood. It is a place which is rich in African culture, where South Africa’s original inhabitants (the Khoisan) first lived and where the first colonising Europeans settled. It is also a busy commercial centre which has embraced modernity but not forgotten its heritage.
Between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Bloemfontein, located in the Manguang Local Municipality, is known as City of Roses for the exquisite flowers that grow there. Bloemfontein is also an important educational center of South Africa with several large schools and universities. Bloemfontein is a relaxed city lined with beautiful historical buildings.
Pretoria also has a botanical claim to fame and is known as the Jacaranda City., Pretoria is a leafy, tranquil city with a fascinating history., outside Pretoria. The majority of those living in Pretoria are government officials but nearby Johannesburg is the commercial centre to which many will commute rather than give up this secluded and beautiful way of life.
While Johannesburg is not officially one of the three capitals it is home to South Africa's highest court and is also a huge commercial centre. Johannesburg has thrived on mining, banking and investment. It is a lively and vibrant city with a wide cultural representation.

Languages

South Africa is known for its rich culture and many languages. Eleven official languages are recognised : Africaans which originated from Dutch, English which is commonly used in public and commercial life and seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

Geography and Climate

South Africa is at the very southern tip of Africa with more than 2 500 kilometres of coastline stretching from Namibia on the Atlantic coast around the the Cape of Good Hope to the north where it borders Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. South Africa usually enjoys warm temperate conditions and wonderful sunshine. It's a dry country with most rainfall in winter .




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