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South Africa

The Republic of South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa, with a 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. To the north lie Namibia, Botswana  and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; while Lesotho  is an independent country wholly surrounded by South African territory.

Modern humans have inhabited Southern Africa for more than 100,000 years. At the time of European contact, the dominant indigenous peoples were tribes who had migrated from other parts of Africa about one thousand years before. From the 4th-5th century CE, Bantu-speaking tribes had steadily moved south, where they displaced, conquered and assimilated original Khoikhoi and San peoples of southern Africa. At the time of European contact, the two major groups were the Xhosa and Zulu peoples.

Articles About South Africa

Female Boxer Dies In South Africa Following Knockout Blow

By IBTimes AU

South African female boxer, Phindile Mwelase died after a knockout blow. (Oct 30)

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Neighbours Of Killed Soccer Player Senzo Meyiwa's Girlfriend Kelly Khumalo
South Africa Mourns Loss Of Soccer Team Captain Who Died Defending Girlfriend From Intruders

By IBTimes AU

South African goalkeeper and national team captain Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot while trying to defend his girlfriend from three perpetrators. (Oct 29)

MORE TOPICS: JACOB ZUMA

Miss Universe Gabriela Isler (L-R), Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf pose in front of a Gray Line double decker sightseeing bus ahead of their tour of New York City June 16, 2014.     REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Miss Universe 2014 Top 5 Prediction: Colombia, Ukraine, Venezuela, South Africa And USA

By IBTimes AU

Scheduled to be held early next year, Miss Universe 2014 early predictions start months before the competition as the 83 contestants is narrowed down into top five. (Oct 28)

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June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, attends the sentencing hearing of South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. A South African court on Tuesday sentenced Pistorius
Mum Of Reeva Steenkamp Claims In Book No Sex Between Daughter & Oscar Pistorius

By IBTimes AU

Convicted athlete Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp didn't have sex because she was afraid to elevate their relationship to the next level, claimed Steenkamp's mother, June, in her book titled Reeva: a Mother's Story. (Oct 27)

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George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series
‘Winds of Winter’ Release Date Delay Blamed On ‘Trips’ And ‘Interviews’

By IBTimes AU

“Winds of Winter” is the long awaited sixth novel by George R. R. Martin from “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. (Oct 24)

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An Air New Zealand Plane Flies Over Houses In Mount Victoria
New Zealand Named The Best Place For Raising Children

By IBTimes AU

The HSBC Expat Explorer Survey has revealed New Zealand as the best place to raise children. Expats rated the country for improved child safety, health and well-being. (Oct 24)

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Singapore Merlion
Lonely Planet Lists Top Ten Countries To Visit in 2015

By IBTimes AU

Lonely Planet has released its annual Best In Travel list of 2015. (Oct 23)

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Oscar Pistorius During The Trial
Oscar Pistorius' Five Year Sentence May Be Cut Short

By IBTimes AU

Oscar Pistorius begins his five-year sentence at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria for culpable manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. experts are weighing in on the possible actual years that the Paralympics star might actually serve in a walled institution. (Oct 22)

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A sculptor walks past sculptures based on characters from Disney movies
Australia Amends Film Co-production Rules To Attract Big Ventures

By IBTimes AU

Australia needs to optimise its strengths in international film projects. (Oct 22)

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Oscar Pistorius At the North Gauteng High Court
Oscar Pistorius Faces Sentence on Reeva Steenkamp’s Death

By IBTimes AU

Decorated Paralympics medalist Oscar Pistorius is set to receive his sentence after being found guilty on culpable manslaughter when she fired a weapon on deceased girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp, allegedly mistaking her for an intruder that fateful night of February 14, 2013. (Oct 21)

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