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AFRICA - SOUTH AFRICA
Flag-South Africa
Population: 42,718,530
Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative)
Language: Afrikaans, English, nine local languages (all official)
Religion: Hindu, Christian, Islam
General: South Africa is the largest and most developed economy in Africa, though wealth is unevenly distributed.  Agriculture provides one third of exports, including fruit, wine, wool and maize.  South Africa is the world's leading producer of gold, which accounts for one third of exports earnings.  Coal, diamonds, platinum, uranium and other minerals are also mined.  Financial services are also important.