South Africa Government

Country Name South Africa
Full Country Name Republic of South Africa
Abbreviation RSA
Former Name Union of South Africa
Etymology- history of name self-descriptive name from the country's location on the continent; "Africa" is derived from the Roman designation of the area corresponding to present-day Tunisia "Africa terra," which meant "Land of the Afri" (the tribe resident in that area), but which eventually came to mean the entire continent
Government Type parliamentary republic
Capital Name Pretoria (administrative capital); Cape Town (legislative capital); Bloemfontein (judicial capital)
Capital - geographic coordinate 25 42 S, 28 13 E
Capital Time Difference UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence 31 May 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and Orange Free State); 31 May 1961 (republic declared); 27 April 1994 (majority rule)
National Holiday Freedom Day, 27 April (1994)
Constitution several previous; latest drafted 8 May 1996, approved 4 December 1996, effective 4 February 1997; amended many times, last in 2013

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