South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa with the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent; a thriving democracy; and infrastructure to match any first world country. It has an abundance of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; and the 26th largest GDP in the world. South Africa is a medium-sized country, with a total land area of 1 220 813 square kilometers, roughly the same size as Niger, Angola, Mali or Colombia.


It’s mostly warm and sunny, boasting a diverse landscape of semi-desert, mountainous, coastal, bushveld and subtropical terrain.


The smallest of the nine provinces is the tiny and bustling Gauteng, a highly urbanised region; and the largest is the vast, arid Northern Cape, which takes up almost a third of South Africa's total land area.


Natural resources include gold, chromium, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and small natural gas.

  • Area: 1 220 813 square kilometers;
  • Nominal GDP est (3q 2011): R755-billion;
  • GDP growth rate: 4.1%;
  • Labour force: 17.32-million



The Eastern Cape - 168 966km2 - 6.56-million people


The Free State - 129 825km2 - 2.74-million people


Gauteng - 16 548km2 - 12.27-million people


KwaZulu-Natal - 94 361km2 - 10.27-million people


Limpopo - 125 755km2 - 5.4-million people


Mpumalanga - 76 495km2 - 4.04-million people


The Northern Cape - 372 889km2 - 1.15-million people


North West - 106 512km2 - 3.5-million people


The Western Cape - 129 462km2 - 5.82-million people