South Africa at a glance

Often promoted as a country alive with possibility, South Africa really does offer everything you could hope for, and more.

Strategically located at the tip of Africa, geographically and scenically diverse and home to more than fifty million people, it is the unique mix of languages and culture that make South Africa feel like a ‘world in one country’.

With the most advanced broad-based industrial sector on the continent, South Africa has a wide range of legislation promoting skills development and offers a large skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce across a range of sectors with a currency, the South Africa Rand, which compares favourably to investment internationally.

It is the ‘can do’ South African attitude that has helped ensure world-class facilities and infrastructure where you need it most, delivering a key advantage to this, the gateway to Africa.

  • South Africa has 11 Official languages – English is widely spoken
  • There are 9 Provinces of which 4 are ‘key’ marine hubs
  • Capital cities: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial)


South Africa’s climate is one of its biggest draw cards with comparatively low average rainfall annually and plenty of sunny weather in most areas.

The varied geographical landscape influences the scenery from one part of the country to the other ranging from the semi-arid Karoo to sub-tropical Durban and the mild Mediterranean climate of Cape Town.

Spring: September – November

Summer: December – February

Autumn: March – May

Winter: June – August


South Africa’s currency is the Rand (ZAR), which offers visitors great value for money.

The Rand comes in a range of coin (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations (R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200).

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