South Africa, Republic of

geographical name
variants: or South Africa
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of South Africa, Republic of

country at the southern tip of Africa south of the Limpopo, Molopo, and Orange rivers and bordering on the Atlantic and Indian oceans; administrative capital Pretoria, legislative capital Cape Town, judicial capital Bloemfontein area 471,445 square miles (1,221,043 square kilometers), population 51,770,560
Note: Now a republic, until 1961 (as the Union of South Africa) South Africa was a British dominion.
see also south african

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