|SOUTH AFRICA FAST FACTS: POPULATION: 43.1 million CAPITALS: Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative) CURRENCY: South Africa Rand RELIGIONS: Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and traditional religions LANGUAGE: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda, Ndebele NATIONAL HOLIDAY: Freedom Day, 27 April (1994) |
A newly emergent nation, modern South Africa is typically energetic and optimisitic in its future outlook. As South Africa is resurrected from a history riddled with political strife and apartheid, widespread suffering and international isolation, the Rainbow Nation presently finds itself immersed in a pivotal state of reinvention. Through th e values of democracy, tolerance and understanding, a new South Africa is developing. While it is a difficult task to unite groups of people governed by different beliefs and traditions, the "ubuntu" philosophy lends itself as a framework in which harmonious living is pursued. Emphasizing the good of the community and personal respect, the adherence to the "ubuntu" philosophy of African culture has led South Africa to transverse previously imposed racial, cultural, religious and linguistic barriers.