The blank Map of South Africa is beneficial for a geology student to understand the structure of South Africa. This country is now a desert and faces many problems, so this blank map of South Africa provides new knowledge for you. You can also find South Africa on the printable world map.
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Blank Map of South Africa PDF
Printable Map of South Africa with Cities
South Africa on World Map
Provinces Of South Africa Map
Political Map of South Africa
Physical Map of South Africa
Biggest Cities In South Africa
South African Culture
The People of South Africa
South African Languages
South African Tradition
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From the South Africa on World Map, you will learn about the location of South Africa in the World. Africa’s southernmost country, South Africa, is located in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres of the world. It is also the Eastern Hemisphere’s southernmost mainland country. South Africa shares a border with six countries. It surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana border it to the north. Mozambique and Eswatini connect it to the east and northeast, respectively. South Africa has coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean to the south.
South Africa is divided into nine provinces, as shown on the political map above. Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, and Western Cape. The provinces include metropolitan and district municipalities. The latter is further sectioned into local municipalities. All cities are divided into still smaller units called wards. With 372,889 sq. km, Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, while Gauteng is the most populous. The country has three capital cities. Pretoria, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein served as the executive, legislative, and judicial capitals of the country, respectively. Johannesburg is the country’s largest city.
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South Africa it’s the smallest and most developing country. This physical map of South Africa shows the power of this country. This map helps understand this country’s situation, so download this map and your knowledge.
The southernmost African country known as South Africa encompasses an area of 1,221,037 sq. km. A plateau that drops from the east (about 2,400 m) to the west (about 600 m) mainly covers South Africa. In the west, it gives way to the Kalahari Desert. The central part of the plateau is called the Highveld and has elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800m.
The Drakensberg, marked on the map above, is another prominent geographical feature of the country. It is the eastern part of the Great Escarpment enclosing the plateau land to the north. The region hosts South Africa’s highest peak, the 3,450 m tall Mafadi, located between South Africa and Lesotho. The Drakensberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular landscapes.
There is little coastal plain in South Africa except for some parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Most of the 2,955-km coastline rises steeply from the coast, rising further inland. Table Mountain is a notable geographical landmark in South Africa. It is a flat-topped mountain part of the Table Mountain National Park. It overlooks the city of Cape Town and attracts many visitors.
As marked on the World map of South Africa, the Orange River and Limpopo River systems are two major river systems draining South Africa. Many other rivers also crisscross the country. It is a flat-topped mountain part of the Table Mountain National Park. It overlooks the city of Cape Town and attracts many visitors.
Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas of South Africa are two notable capes in the country, and you can observe them on the map above. The former is the meeting point of the warm Agulhas current and the cold Benguela current creating extreme weather events and choppy seas. The latter hosts the southernmost tip of mainland Africa. South Africa also has several islands. The most well-known island in the country, Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been marked.
South Africa is an autonomous state in Africa located near the southern tip of the world map. Its border stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa is the 25th largest country globally, with around 53 million people. Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe border it to the north, while Mozambique and Swaziland border it on the east and northeast, respectively. South Africa has several cities and ethnic groups, each with its unique culture, language, and religion and is classified as an upper-middle-income economy by the World Bank. Here is a list of the largest urban areas in South Africa according to SA Stat.
- Johannesburg – 4.4 Million – Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, with a population of 4.4 million. It is in Gauteng Province. It houses South Africa’s constitutional court, and it is an important financial center in the country. With the discovery of an outcrop of a gold reef on the farm Langlaagte in 1886 by George Harrison, Johannesburg was established and controlled by a Health Committee. Although Johannesburg has not yet celebrated its second centenary, it holds an unbelievably rich history. It had structured mining and manufacturing industries that did bolster the city’s growth. Between 1948 and 1990, racial segregation, forced labor, unfair taxation, and unskilled jobs were rampant. Systematic racism known as Apartheid led to the creation of Soweto town on the outskirts of Johannesburg, where every non-white resident was relocated to. These problems caused over-congestion in the city, with the oppressed searching for a better living. Violence was widespread from the 1960s until the late 1980s. This dark moment continued until 1990, when the National Government abandoned Apartheid after independence. Today, Johannesburg has a fully established metropolitan municipality, although crime rates are still high in some parts of the city.
- Cape Town – 3.7 Million – Cape Town is a beautiful coastal city in South Africa full of life and energy and has 3.7 million people. Cape Town is the seat of the National Parliament or the country’s Legislative capital. Cape Town is full of recreational activities. Tourists flock to admire and give an account of this town’s natural and artificial features, such as Table Mountain National Park, Cliffton Beach, Boulders Beach, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which have contributed to the country’s foreign exchange.
- Ethekwini – 3.4 Million – Ethekwini is known as a “metropolitan municipality” in South Africa. Ethekwini includes the sizeable cities of Durban, Umlazi, Chatsworth, and Kwa-Mashu. Durban is well known for being the busiest port in South Africa. Durban is known for its warm subtropical climate, extensive beaches, and the Golden Mile making it a popular destination for tourists worldwide.
- Ekurhuleni – 3.1 Million – Like Ethekwini, Ekurhuleni is also a metropolitan municipality. The largest cities within Ekurhuleni are Katlehong, Tembisa, and Boksburg. Ekurhuleni is found in South Africa’s Gauteng province. The area experiences dry winters and warm summer months.
- Tshwane – 2.9 Million – Tshwane is a metropolitan municipality in South Africa. When combined, all of its cities make it the fifth-largest city. The largest cities within Tshwane include Pretoria, Soshanguve, Mamelodi, and Centurion. Pretoria is the seat of the administrative government of South Africa.
The culture of South Africa is one of the most diverse globally. The country boasts of an impressive eleven official languages and other several recognized languages, with each of the groups having its vibrancy and culture. A substantial majority of the South Africans still live in the rural areas where cultural traditions have survived. However, urbanization and the adoption of new technology have led to the decline in traditional cultures. English and other foreign languages are slowly replacing the native languages.
South African culture is not homogeneous but is instead a collection of cultures with different cultures being predominant in different regions. Some of the prominent cultures of South Africa include the Khoikhoi and San cultures, Zulu, Ndebele, Xhosa, and Sotho cultures, among other cultures. These cultures blend beautifully to give the country its unique identity on the globe.
South Africa has approximately 55 million people comprising diverse cultures, religions, origins, and languages. Africans or South Africans and Bantu-speaking people from the central part of the population (approximately 35 million). Some ethnic groups are unique to South Africa, while others, like Basotho, crossed the border into the country. Some of the significant ethnic South Africans include Zulu, Basotho, Venda, Xhosa, Tsonga, Khoikhoi, Ndebele, and San. South Africa also hosts several refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia. Most refugees live in Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.
The population of South Africa is composed of people from different backgrounds speaking other languages. Eleven languages are considered the country’s official languages. The first official languages were English and Dutch. The majority of South Africans can speak more than one language. The majority speak the people’s language, mainly native South Africans, Zulu, which is said by 23% of the population, followed by Xhosa and Afrikaans at 16% and 14%, respectively. Zulu is the language of the Zulu people, who number 10 million. It is understood by 50% of the total population. The Zulu language became an official language in 1994. Eight million people speak the Xhosa language as their first language and over 11 million as a second language. The majority of Xhosa speakers live in Eastern Cape Province. Afrikaans evolved from the Dutch language and has adopted some words from other languages such as German and Khoisan. English is the most popular second language of the South Africans and the most commonly spoken language.
South African tradition is not homogenous but a blend of different traditions and cultures practiced by other ethnic groups. Here are some examples of traditions and cultures practiced by major ethnic groups.
- Khoikhoi And San: Khoikhoi and San were the original inhabitants of present-day South Africa. The KhoiSan was known as the “Bushmen” and were skilled hunters and trackers. Their tracking skills are still necessary for the fight against poachers. They are mainly nomads who live in desert regions of South Africa
- Zulus: The Zulus are known for their shield-bearing warriors under the leadership of Shaka. They are also famous for their beadworks, grass huts, and basketry. The belief of the Zulu people is based on ancestral spirits, which appear mainly in dreams and a supreme being who is rarely involved in the activities of the mortal. The use of magic is shared among the Zulus, and any tragedy or illness is blamed on the evil spirit.
- Xhosa: Xhosa culture is famous for the complex dressing that portrays a person’s social status, position in society, and whether they are married or not. They also have a strong oral tradition with stories of ancestral heroes. Ancestral worship is a common practice, and young men must undergo a rite of passage. Stick fighting is a common sport among the Xhosa young men looking after the cattle. Women mainly tend the crops and look after the home.
- Ndebele: Ndebele is known for the skilled women who decorate their houses in beautiful geometric designs. The skills are hereditary, and women are tasked with teaching their daughters. The shapes used in the decoration are inspired by their fashioned beadwork. Ndebele women are distinguished from other South African women by the neck rings and the striking traditional blankets.