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Dec 11, 2010
Live and Work in South Africa
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South Africa is one of the most populous and largest countries in the African continent. It is also known for its diverse culture and languages as it is considered as a favorite country of expatriates.


The people in South Africa are composed of Native Black Africans and ethnic groups like Europeans, Asians, Americans, British and mixed races. What makes South Africa the best country in Africa is its environment that sets theme aside from other African countries.


Basic information:


Area: 1,221,037 km2

Capitals: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative)

Largest City: Johannesburg

Demonym: South African

Population:   49,991,300

Languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu

Government:          Constitutional parliamentary republic

Currency: Rand

Ethnic Groups: 79.4% Black, 9.2% White, 8.8% Colored, 2.6% Asian



Most of the expatriates living in South Africa applaud its diversity towards its culture. They don’t feel like they are missing their countries since South Africa has adapted both western and Asian cultures through the years. South Africa was once colonized by Europe which explains why mixed races are normal in the country. Also, some of their tradition and community is somewhat likely to some European countries.


However, despite of their western-culture adaptation, South Africa still managed to embrace and celebrate their homegrown culture. In fact, South Africans are known to be one of the happiest people on earth as they love to feast, dance and sing during special occasions. South Africans also love sports. Football or soccer is their national sport.


Most of the expatriates live in Cape Town and Johannesberg, the two major cities in South Africa where the business districts are located. If you are an expatriate who has a degree, there are more jobs for you in South Africa. You can get a higher position here compared to any other countries like in Europe or the Middle East.


Industries in South Africa include coffee, oil and gas, textile and garments and mining.


Over the years, South Africa has become quite populated due to the emergence of races that migrates in the country and the alarming issue on population among Africans.



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