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Republic of South Africa
The Republic of South Africa is the most southern country of the 'black continent'. The capital is Pretoria. The South African coast borders the Atlantic ocean (in the west) and Indian ocean (south and southeast). To the north of South Africa lie Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland.
The modern historiography of South Africa begins in April, 1652, as South Africa becomes the refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company. During the next three and a half centuries South Africa was always a politically fought country. Only at the end of the last century the country with continuation settled down more and more. With the abolition of the ban of the ANC (African Nationwide Congress) in 1990 and the first free democratic election in 1994, in which all social classes might take part, the apartheid disappeared from the constitution. With Nelson Mandela a man was elected as new president, who was before 27 years because of his struggle for freedom in the prison.
Today South Africa owns one of the best prosperous economic systems of Africa and 6 cities with more than one million inhabitants, the biggest 5 towns with over 3 million inhabitants.
Since the end of the apartheid South Africa could also recover sportive. Football was and is the number 1 sport. Since the end of the apartheid and the abolition of the FIFA barriers, the national team (Bafana Bafana) could qualify twice for a world cup tournament (in 1998 and 2002).
Beside football also rugby and cricket, which count beside football to the national sports, are very popular in South Africa.
Gateway to a nation
Information about sights and cities in South Africa
South African government online
Official Fifa Website for South Africa 2010
What knows Wikipedia about South Africa
World Cup qualification
Final draw for the World Cup 2010 - Group draw
Stadiums of World Cup 2010
Infos about the RSA (Republic of South Africa)
Confederations Cup 2009