LOVE(ly) South Africa, 21 reason we love South Africa

LOVE(ly) South Africa, 21 reason we love South Africa

LOVEly South Africa 21 reason we love South Africa

  1. We have more floral species on Table Mountain than the whole of the United Kingdom.
  2. We have the longest wine rout in the world.
  3. SABMiller is the largest brewing company in the world (ranked by volume).
  4. SABMiller also produces 50% of China’s beer.
  5. We have eight World Heritage Sites:
    • The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
    • Robben Island
    • The Cape Floristic Region
    • The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
    • Vredefort Dome (the oldest meteor scar in the world)
    • The Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs fossil hominid sites (AKA the cradle of humankind).
    • The iSimangaliso Wetland Park
    • The Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
  6. The Kruger National Park has more wild life species than the whole of America.
  7. We have about 20% of the world’s Gold, and about 90% of its Platinum.
  8. The largest diamond in the world also came from a South African mine (Cullinan mine).
  9. We have one of the best Constitutional laws in the world.
  10. South Africa has the world’s largest telescope (SALT).
  11. The ‘Big hole’ in Kimberly is the world’s largest hand dug hole.
  12. South Africa has yielded some of the world’s oldest and most complete Archaeological and Paleontological artefacts and remains.
  13. The ‘Kreepy Krawly’, the ‘CT Scan’ and breakwater dolosse were invented in South Africa.
  14. The first heart transplant was done in South Africa (in 1967 by Dr Chris Barnard).
  15. We are the only country in the world to have hosted the Rugby, Cricket, and Soccer World Cups.
  16. Even though we are a democracy, we still have a hierarchical family in South Africa within the Zulu Nation. King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBekuzulu has 27 children and six wives.
  17. South Africa is also historically a leader in agriculture, and is the second largest producer of fruits in the world.
  18. After the Second World War, South Africa had difficulty acquiring oil, which lead to the research to turn coal into oil (by SASOL).
  19. Miriam Makeba was the first South African to  win a Grammy award.
  20. South Africa has three capital cities: Pretoria (Executive Capital), Cape Town (Legislative Capital) and Bloemfontein (judicial Capital).
  21. South Africa is the only African country that is a member of the G20.

 

What’s some of your favourite things about South Africa?

 

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