South Africa: 101 Interesting Facts you might not know

21. Dave Matthews (the famous American musician) was born in Johannesburg in 1967.

22. The 50 storey Carlton Centre in Johannesburg is the 2nd highest office building in Africa.

23. Johannesburg is the biggest man-made forest in the world. The city has more than 10 million trees lining its streets.

24. Before becoming the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Pretoria in 1899.

Winston Churchill

25. SA’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) was founded in 1912 in Bloemfontein. The party was banned between 1960 and 1990 by the National Party government.

26. SA’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) was founded in June 2000.

27. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was founded in 1985 in Durban.

28. The South African Communist Party (SACP) was founded in 1921. The party was banned by the National Party government in 1950.

29. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was founded by Julius Malema in July 2013.

30. The Congress of the People (COPE) was founded in 2008 to protest the 2009 SA general elections.

31. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) was founded in 1997.

32. The world’s best land-based whale-watching spot is located in Hermanus in the Western Cape.

33. The Singita game reserve was voted the best hotel in the world by the readers of a leading travel magazine.

34. To date South Africa has won 26 Gold, 31 Silver and 29 Bronze Medals at the Olympic Games.

35. South Africa houses the largest timed cycle race in the world (the Cape Argus), the world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon (the Comrades Marathon) and the world’s largest open water swimming event (the Midmar Mile).

Bloukrans Bridge - South Africa

36. At 216 metres (709 feet) the Bloukrans Bridge (which is located in the Western Cape province), is the highest commercial natural bungee jump spot in the world. The world’s oldest bungee jumper, South African Mohr Keet, jumped from the bridge when he was 96.

37. SA was the first African country to host the FIFA World Cup.

38. SA is the 2nd country in the world that has hosted the Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cup and FIFA World Cup tournaments.

39. Since the 1940s, South African golfers have won more majors than any other nation, apart from the United States.

40. The Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town is built over a fault line. The last seismic activity reported was in 1809 and measured 6.5 on the Richter scale.

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Henno Kruger

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. JK

    I just googled “the biggest hospital in the world” and South Africa is in 4th place, not 1st place?

  2. Pierre Theron

    76. The Springboks have won the IRB Rugby World Cup thrice: In 1995 (in SA), in 2007 (in France) and in 2019 (in SA).

    1. Henno Kruger

      Thanks, will update 🙂

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