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South Africa

Capital :Pretoria

Land Area : 1,219,912 sq km

Head of Government : President HE Mr Thabo Mbeki (since 16 June 1999)

Population :44,344,136 (July 2005 est.)

Major Languages :IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)

Major Religion(s) : Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, other Christian 36%, Islam 1.5%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)

Date of Joining : Rejoined 1994, (South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth on its own accord in 1961)

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