Facts about South Africa Freedom Day


Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on April 27th. It is the National Day of South Africa and celebrates the first democratic post-aparthei

To mark the day, here are 12 interesting facts about South Africa Freedom Day.


Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world.
Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

There are more than 2000 native species of plant on Table Mountain, more than are found in the entire United Kingdom. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

Nearly half the gold ever mined came from Witwatersrand, South Africa. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

South Africa has three capitals; Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital, and Cape Town is the legislative capital. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

Johannesburg is the largest city. It has been completely rebuilt four times. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

There are 11 official languages, each with equal status, in South Africa:
isiZulu (the most commonly spoken), Afrikaans, isiXhosa (2nd most common), siSwati, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Setswana, Tshivenda­, and English, which is the language of business, politics and the media. There are 11 official languages, each with equal status, in South Africa: isiZulu (the most commonly spoken), Afrikaans, isiXhosa (2nd most common), siSwati, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Setswana, Tshivenda­, and English, which is the language of business, politics and the media. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

South Africa produces 80% of the world’s platinum. Platinum is the world’s most precious metal and costs more than gold. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

Kruger National Park was built in 1898, making it the oldest wildlife park in Africa and one of the best safari parks in the world. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

The first human heart transplant occurred in a Cape Town hospital in 1967. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

It's been estimated there are around 3,000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

Citizens of South Africa can legally attach flamethrowers to their cars. In South Africa, it is legal to use lethal force in self-defence if in fear of one's life, and ownership of flamethrowers is unrestricted. South Africa Freedom Day Facts

South Africa hosts the world’s largest bicycle race. 35,000 riders take part in the 109-km Cape Town Cycle Tour race across Cape Town’s south peninsula and along the spectacular, mountainous coastal road called Chapman’s Peak Drive. South Africa Freedom Day Facts
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