Updated at 2022-03-11
The ostrich is the world's largest bird species. It also has extreme economic value. Not only is ostrich meat a good source of protein, but its extravagent feathers are used to create gorgeous ornaments. Ostrich leather is also a light, soft, and breathable material, and accessories amde from ostrich leather is extremely popular in South Africa. Ostrich enthusiasts must visit Oudtshoorn. Approximately 90% of all ostriches in South Africa comes from one of dozens of ostrich farms in this small town. Flocks of thousands of ostriches can be seen roaming the wayside. The South African Ostrich Egg retains its original white shell and features the Big Five game, including the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.
Flag: The South African flag features red, yellow, blue, green, black, and white, assembled into a horizontal Y. This design was adopted as the national flag on April 27, 1994.
National Day: April 27
Language: South Africa is a multi-ethnic country. In addition to the descendants of Eurasian immigrants, there are nine indigenous African tribes. Due to South Africa's diversity, its constitution recognizes 11 official languages, including English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Setswana, Swati, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Xitsonga, and Tshivenda.
Area: 1,220,813 square kilometers
Population: 57.70 million
Currency: Rand (ZAR)
Government: Parliamentary republic; the president is the head of state with real power and elected by the National Assembly with a majority vote.