South Africa: 101 Interesting Facts you might not know

61. The first MBA programme outside the United States was started by the University of Pretoria in 1949.

62. Over 17 million South Africans have access to social grants.

63. The meandering 850 km road through Cape Winelands is the world’s longest wine route. There are more than 200 cellars along the route.

64. SA’s fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. The Sardine run’s shoals are 15 km long, 3.5 km wide and up to 40m deep.

65. It has been estimated that there are around 3,000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa. They are all protected by South African laws.

Shipwreck - South Africa

66. South Africa became the first African country and the fifth country in the world to recognize same-sex marriage in 2006.

67. Seventy percent of South Africa’s population is urbanised.

68. The town of East London was founded in 1836. It was originally known as Port Rex.

69. SA’s Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.

70. Port Elizabeth was founded in 1820 by Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin. He named the seaport town after his wife Elizabeth.

71. The Cango Caves near Oudsthoorn (in the Western Cape) is the world’s longest underground cave sequence.

72. The world’s largest diamond was found in the Premier Mine near Pretoria on 25 January 1905. The 3,106-carat stone weighed 1.33 pounds and was named after ‘Cullinan’, the owner of the mine. It was later cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones. The biggest one is on the Queen of England’s Septre with the Cross.

73. Port Natal (originally settled in 1824) was renamed to Durban in 1830.

74. Before it was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, SAB Miller was the second largest brewery in the world. The SAB company was originally founded in Johannesburg in 1895.

75. In 1991, South Africa became the first country in the world to protect the Great White Shark.

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

77. The Vredefort Dome near Parys is the home of the earth’s oldest meteor scar. The scar is 2 billion years old.

78. South African soldiers fought in the First and Second World Wars.

79. South Africa has the 3rd highest level of biodiversity (according to SA Tourism).

80. Thanks to a subtle continuation of a contintental drift, South Africa moves 2 inches further away from South America every year.

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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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