Missionaries to South Africa

The BADGETT Family
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About South Africa*   

Map of South Africa
  • Background:

    After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments, but were defeated in the Boer War (1899-1902). The resulting Union of South Africa operated under a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races. The 1990s brought an end to apartheid politically and ushered in black majority rule.

  • Location:

    Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa.

  • Area - comparative:

    Slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

  • Natural Resources:

    gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas

  • Natural Hazards:

    Prolonged droughts.

  • Government Type:


  • Capital:

    Pretoria; Note - Cape Town is the legislative center and Bloemfontein the judicial center

  • Independence:

    31 May 1910 (from UK); note - South Africa became a republic in 1961 following an October 1960 referendum

  • Population:

    44,344,136; Note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2005 est.)

  • Ethnic groups:

    black 75.2%, white 13.6%, Colored 8.6%, Indian 2.6%

  • Religions:

    Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), indigenous beliefs and animist 28.5%

  • Disputes - International:

    South Africa has placed military along the border to stem the thousands of Zimbabweans fleeing to find work and escape political persecution; managed dispute with Namibia over the location of the boundary in the Orange River.

* Based on CIA-The World Factbook