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Country:  South Africa
Continent:  Africa
Size:  1,219,090 square kilometers
Comparative size:  slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Population:  48,810,427 people
Population growth rate: -0.412%
Life expectancy at birth:  49
Type of government:  Republic
GDP (per capita):  $554.6 billion
Unemployment rate: 23.9%
Inflation rate: 5%
Agricultural products:  corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, poultry, mutton, wool, dairy
Major industries: mining (platinum, gold, chromium), automobiles, metal working, textiles
Exports: gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment
Subpages (1): Historical Background