10 Facts: South Africa
This is the first installment of a new section entitled ’10 Facts’ on Running Wolf’s Rant. Once in a while posts like this one will cover 10 facts about a chosen topic. Some of you folks out there might find this information useful or some might find it useless. I’ll try and keep the topics in this section interesting. The aim of these posts will be to inform my readers and hopefully not bore them to death. Feel free to comment on these. Feedback is appreciated. The first topic chosen for this section is South Africa.
Did you know….
- Before 1994 the 31st of May was a public holiday in South Africa. This day was previously a public holiday because the Union of South Africa was proclaimed on the 31st of May 1910 and South Africa became a republic on the 31st of May 1961. This public holiday has been replaced with the 27th of April (the day on which the first democratic elections were held in South Africa in 1994)
- In 1996 you could buy a packet of cigarettes, 2 pies from the King Pie franchise and a 500ml Coke for only R13. The same products will cost you more than R50 today (only 14 years later).
- The 1973 horror movie, The Exorcist was banned in South Africa until 1994.
- South Africa accounts for almost 45% of the GDP of the entire African continent, with an economy three times the size of the second biggest (Egypt)
- In the global measure of women in Parliament, South Africa ranks 8th in the world.
- There are 18,000 indigenous vascular plant species in South Africa of which 80% are uniquely South African.
- South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route
- South Africa has 7 World Heritage Sites: The Cradle of Humankind (near Krugersdorp), The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (in Northern Kwazulu Natal province), Robben Island (just off the Cape Town coast), Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park (243,000 ha in Kwazulu Natal), Mapungubwe (in Limpopo Province) and the Cape Floral Kingdom (situated in the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape).
- The rocks around Barberton in Mpumalanga are some of the most ancient in the world – over 3 billion years old. Because they are also the most accessible such formations NASA scientists visit South Africa to gain an idea of how life might form on distant planets.
- There are about 280,000 windmills on farms across South Africa, second in number only to Australia.
Check out the 50 Facts about South Africa you might not have known post from last year for more facts about South Africa.