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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

Home South Africa Facts and Figures
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Population:
50,000,000
Area: 1,219,912 km square.
Ethnic distribution:  76 % African Black, 13 % white, 7 % coloured, 4 % other
Religious distribution:  68 % Christian, 2 % Muslim, and 2 % Hindu
Languages: Apart from English, local languages as Xhosa,Sotho,Venda,Tsonga,Pedi,Shangan,Tswana,Ndebele,Zulu and Afrikaans is used.All together 11 offıcial languages are used.
Literacy: Primary education is compulsory. Literacy rate is 86 %
Labour:  17 million in total. 30 % is in the agricultural sector, 25 % Industrial sector and 45 % in the service sector.
Unemployment:  37 %
Annual growth rate:  3 %
Average life expectancy: 50 years
Annual Per Capital income: 10,000 USD
Inflation rate:  9.9 %
Currency: South African Rand
For more updated information please visit www.statssa.gov.za 

Banks

Exchange transactions can be done from all major banks and ATM’s. Branches of seven international banks provide service in major cities. 
Standard Bank
ABSA Bank
Nedbank
African Bank
Bidvest Bank
Capitec Bank
First Rand Bank
Investec Bank

Foreign Exchange

All foreign currency banknotes, traveller’s cheques can be converted at airports, commercial banks and at large hotels. American Express, Dinner Club, Master Card, Visa and all equivalent cards can be used in South Africa. Credit card usage is widespread in small towns and retail shops.
For more information please visit South African Reserve Bank website;

Security

Please visit the South African Police Service website; 

Health

We recommend you to have a travel or health insurance for any accidental, hospital needs. We would like to remind you that South Africa has an excellent reputation in the medical sector.

You may reach health services from the telephone directories under these headings;

Doctors, “Medical Practitioners”
Dentists “Dental Surgeons”
Hospitals “H”

Electricity

South Africa uses 220/240 Volt.