South Africa – Everything You Need To Know About South Africa.
The first thing that comes across one’s mind when the name South Africa is mentioned is the name Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela is perhaps the most popular figure to come out of South Africa and Africa. If you are a fan of The Daily Show then the name Trevor Noah should be known to you too and guess what Trevor Noah is also from South Africa.
The name ‘’South Africa’’ is derived from the country’s geographical location at the southern tip of Africa. Believe it or not but upon formation the South Africa we know today was formerly called the Union of South Africa as a result of reflecting its origin from the unification of four formerly separate British colonies. Since 1961 the official long name for South Africa has been the “Republic of South Africa”.
South Africa has a generally temperate climate, due in part to being surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides, by its location in the climatically milder Southern Hemisphere and due to the average elevation rising steadily towards the north and further inside. Due to this varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exist.
South Africa has nine provinces, which are Eastern Cape, Free State, Guateng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpompo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northen Cape and Western Cape. The provinces are in turn divided into 52 districts: 8 metropolitans and 44 district municipalities. The district municipalities are further subdivided into 226 local municipalities.
One of the main areas of concern in South Africa is safety and security-an area that has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. The large urban metropolises of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town have witnessed an unbelievable surge in population in recent years, with more and more rural people making for the city in an effort to find jobs. Many of these sought-after jobs have not materialized, however, leaving unemployment rife. Unfortunately, the result of this growing unemployment is crime. With other states in Africa facing both economic and social meltdowns, refugees have had no option but to seek for the sun elsewhere. The ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa, with all her opportunities, has become the preferred destination of these desperate victims of war and greed, resulting in even more pressure on the fragile local economy.
Here Are Some Of The Safest Places To Live In South Africa
- 1.Cape Town: Cape Town is an exciting, modern and culturally diverse city that boasts some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. The inner city has seen a recent revamp, with tremendous amounts of international money and influence being spent on its urban renewal. Businesses, together with city leaders, have made concerted efforts to great effects to keep the city both safe and clean, and the center of Cape Town has become one of the safest places to both live and do business in.
- The Garden Route: This spectacular area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the east coast of Africa is without a doubt one of the jewels of South Africa. Apart from its pure lifestyle, many of the towns along the Garden Route are some of the safest places in which to bring up your family. Estates that offer superior security measures abound in this pristine wilderness area and some of the most foremost golf real estate can be found in George and Knysna.
- Port St John’s: The Transkei Wild Coast is one of the last remaining untouched regions of incomparable in South Africa. Formerly a Bantustan, or black homeland, during the days of the apartheid regime, the Transkei has largely been forgotten by the powers to be. Port St John’s is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline and offers a sleepy, sublime lifestyle for the growing family. Schooling may be an issue later on, but there are excellent high schools in nearby Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Regional poverty remains a challenge, so petty crime does take place but community programmes have done a lot to uplift the locals and there is now a much better understanding between all members of the Port St John’s community.
- 4.Cape St. Francis: This seaside town is situated close to Port Elizabeth and offers a quiet commercial retreat out of season. During the holidays it is a popular destination for local tourists and becomes extremely busy. There are plenty of business options, and first-class secondary and tertiary education is available in nearby Port Elizabeth. This is an ideal place for both young and old.
- The West Coast: The west coast of South Africa is sparsely populated, largely due to the fact that it is the dry and arid limb of the nation. There are several small towns all the way up the west coast that are both delightful and safe. Yzerfontein, Churchhaven and St. Helena Bay are probably the pick of the bunch but they all offer a relaxed secure way of life.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. I hope you found this information helpful and I surely hope you will enjoy and have a great time in South Africa.