South Africa Trivia and Facts
|Eskom, South Africa's national electricity utility, is the world's fourth largest in terms of both sales volume and normal capacity.|
|The Lost City Resort is the largest thermal resort in the world as well as the largest building project undertaken in the southern hemisphere.|
|The world's biggest hospital is in Soweto.|
|The South African oil company SASOL has established the only commercially proven oil from coal operations in the world.|
|The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is ranked 16th in the world in terms of market capitalization.|
|Traffic lights are called robots.|
|The Beer Division of The South African Breweries Limited ranks among the top 10 brewing companies in the world. Two of its brands, Lion and Castle, are among the world's most popular.|
|South Africa has the fourth largest coal reserves in the world. Its coal industry ranks sixth in the world in terms of output of hard coal and third in terms of the seaborne international coal trade.|
|The De Beers Group of companies controls more than 80% of the world's supply of rough diamonds.|
|South Africa has mines deeper than any other country in the world, at depths of almost 2.5 miles at the Western Deep Levels Mine.|
|Kimberley's 'Big Hole' is deeper than Table Mountain is high. Plus Kimberley has the only drive-in pubs in the world.|
|The Rand Refinery is the largest refinery of gold in the world.|
|South African company Anglo American corporation is the world's biggest producer of non-fuel minerals.|
|Six out of 11 gold mines in the world producing more than 1 million ounces of gold in 1993 are in South Africa.|
|South Africa is the world's biggest producer and exporter of mohair.|
|The Kruger National Park nature reserve supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.|
|The University of South Africa UNISA is a pioneer of tertiary distance education and one of the biggest correspondence universities in the world.|
|Electricity costs are among the lowest in the world.|
|South Africa has the largest wine cellar in the world.|
|It has the largest hydroelectric tunnel system in the world at the Orange Fish Rivers Tunnel.|
|About one-third of the population of South Africa has illegal immigrant status - they're mostly from other African states.|
South Africa Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!
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