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Swaziland

(534 words)

Author(s): Hofmeyr, Johannes Wynand
[German Version] (Ngwane). Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in the southern hemisphere, is a landlocked kingdom, surrounded by South Africa on three sides and bordered by Mozambique on the fourth side. Although South Africa’s influence predominates in Swaziland, it was a British protectorate from 1906 until its independence in 1968. Western Swaziland is high veld, consisting mainly of short, but sharp mountains. These dwindle to plains in the center and east of the country, where plantatio…

South Africa

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Author(s): Hofmeyr, Johannes Wynand
[German Version] I. General South Africa, located at the southern tip of the African continent (Africa), extends across around 1,220,000 km2. In the new South Africa there are nine provinces: Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, North-West, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. South Africa’s population is estimated to be about 42 million (75.2% Black, 13.6% White, 8.6% Colored, and 2.6% Indian). Some 60% of Whites are of Afrikaner descent and most of the rest are of British descent. Th…