Infrastructure that makes South Africa Unique
Are you looking to immigrate to South Africa? The following information is all about what make this country so unique.
- SA is one of 12 countries where tap water is safe to drink. The tap water in South Africa is considered to be the third best in the world.
- In Soweto, just outside of Johannesburg, is where you will find the world’s biggest hospital.
- It is the only place on earth where Afrikaans is an official language. This is a language that has only been around for about 90 years and it is already the second most spoken language in the country.
- The cost of electricity is the lowest in the world here.
- SA has the biggest hydro-electric tunnel system in the world – the Orange Fish Rivers Tunnel.
- South Africa produces and exports more Mohair than anywhere else in the world.
- The two largest platinum mines in the world can be found near to Rustenburg.
- SA produces more platinum, gold, vanadium, chromium, alumina-silicates and manganese than anywhere else in the world. The country also produces about 40% of the world’s vermiculite and chrome.
- SA is proud to have the world’s second oldest air force, which was established in the year 1920.
- South Africa is a middle income country. The economy – the 25th largest in the world, produces more goods than Singapore, Portugal and Russia. It happens to be the biggest economy in Africa.
- South African miners mine deeper than any country in the world. Sometimes up to 2.5 miles deep at the Western Deep Levels Mine.
- South Africa was the first country in the world to voluntarily dismantle their nuclear arsenal.
- South Africa only occupies about 4% of the entire landmass, but has more than 50% of the continents phones, cars, industrial facilities and ATM’s.
- South Africa’s largest port is located on Durban. It is also the 9th largest in the world.
- The Southern African Large Telescope, also known as ‘SALT’ is located on a koppie (hill) in Sutherland. It is the largest in the southern hemisphere and the 3rd largest in the world.
- The fourth largest coal reserves can be found in SA. The coal industry has been ranked as the sixth largest in the world when it comes to the output of hard coal. It also ranks third with regards to seaborne international coal trade.
By Robbie Ragless
Infrastructure is not the only thing that makes this country so unique. There are more elements that will be discussed in future articles. Companies, travel and nature, military history, entertainment and innovative inventions will be the topics in the future.