Travel The World: South Africa
AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating a stronger business, political and human ties.
This month’s featured country is South Africa, home of the 2010 World Cup and next years World Youth and Student Travel Conference. South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA) is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 1,739 miles of coastline that touches both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world and is also the 25th most populous country with 53 million people.
South Africa boasts a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its constitution recognizes 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world.
The interior of South Africa consists of a vast, in most places, almost flat, plateau with an altitude of between 3,300 feet and 6,900 feet, highest in the east, sloping gently downwards towards the west and north, and slightly less so to the south and south-west This plateau is surrounded by the Great Escarpment[ whose eastern, and highest stretch is known as the Drakensberg.
The climate in South Africa is as diverse as its cultures and topography. With Mediterranean-like wet winters and hot, dry summers in the southwest to extreme deserts in the north.
The motto of South Africa is: !ke e: /xarra //ke which is /Xam for Diverse People Unite or Unity in Diversity. The currency for South Africa is the Rand. South African capitals include; Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein The major faiths practiced in South Africa are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism. European and other foreign settlers brought most of these religions.