Category Archives: South Africa

5 Things to Say WOW about Natural South Africa

  • South Africa has one of the oldest meteor scars in the world. The  meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago, predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life. The Vredefort Dome was recently declared a World Heritage Site.
  • South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on Earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.
  • The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. One of these is located entirely within South Africa. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
  • South Africa is home to the largest land mammal (Elephant),   smallest mammal (Least Dwarf Shrew), fastest mammal (Cheetah), largest bird (Ostrich) and the largest fish (Whale Shark).
  • The African Black-Footed Penguin, the largest colony of which is found on Dyer Island off the Western Cape, can swim up to 40 kilometres per hour which is faster than the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin.

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5 Things to Say WOW about Cultural South Africa

  • South Africa has the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Vilakazi Street in Soweto has houses owned by Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route.
  • The Transfrontier Park set in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is a world first. The 38600 square kilometre park will be   bigger than the Yellowstone National Park in the US, and bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
  • More than 50% of the Paragliding world records have been set in  South Africa.

5 Things to Say WOW about the Big Five

  • The roar of a male lion can be heard up to a distance of 8 kilometres.
  • Elephants drink about 190 litres of water a day. This is equal to the average daily consumption and usage of an Indian household.
  • Leopards have a special ability of being able to hang upside down from trees.
  • Rhinoceroses have roamed the Earth since the last 50 million years.  That is approximately 50 times older than man.
  • The African Buffalo is considered to be the most dangerous of the Big Five because it is so unpredictable. It gets nervous when not in a herd and attacks at the slightest provocation. And once injured or attacked it never forgives. Some buffaloes have been known to follow hunters who attacked them till the very end.

5 Things to Say WOW about the 2010 FIFA World Cup

  • The host team automatically qualifies for the FIFA World Cup and        does not have to participate in the qualifying rounds. However, this   year’s host – South Africa – is the first host team since 1934 to participate in the World Cup qualifiers.
  • Zakumi – a leopard with green hair – is the official mascot of the 2010    FIFA World Cup.  ZA is the internationally used abbreviation for    South Africa. And ‘kumi’ means ’10’ in different African languages.
  • The match ball for the 2010 World Cup has been named Jabulani which means ‘bringing joy to everyone’ in the Zulu language.
  • The number 11 plays a fascinating role in this World Cup. The World Cup ball is the 11th World Cup match ball manufactured by Adidas.  The ball features 11 colours. There are 11 official languages in South Africa. And the World Cup will start on the 11th day of June and end on the 11th day of July!
  • This is the first time in its history that the FIFA World Cup will be held on African soil.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Antonio Bullón, Consul General of Spain

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

My message is play with all your might and possibilities, keeping in mind that, as a sport, attitude is almost as important as results. I am delighted that this time Africa and South Africa are hosting this huge world event. Football is the most important sport globally and unites all continents and all social strata. Football World Cups are second only to Olympic Games in reaching the whole humanity. I really hope that it will bring a new way of looking at Africa.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Spain is presently European Football Champion and has won most of her international matches in the last few years. As much as football is an unpredictable sport, Spain can rightly pretend to be one of the favourite teams to win the World Cup.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Spain, Brazil and Argentina.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Lionel Messi is one of the best football players at present and has the best chance of winning the Golden Boot award.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Giampaolo Cutillo, Consul General of Italy

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

I wish that football always remains a universal instrument that helps to promote world peace and offers the opportunity to foster international competition and brotherhood and thereby a more united world. We wish South Africa the very best in its endeavour to promote economic growth and its image as host country around the world.

How far do you think your team will advance?

Italy is the defending World Cup Champion and will be under additional pressure to perform well. Although it is difficult to make history repeat itself, it would be wrong to undermine Italy’s chances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Italy is one of the traditional powers and often performs best when it really matters (the only country, except for Brazil, to win the World Cup at least four times) and will definitely be counted among the favourites.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

Argentina, Brazil and Italy.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thoughts on the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H.E. Fernando Ras, Consul General of Argentina

What is your message to the football team and what are your views on South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?

I have one message to our players: play with that characteristic Argentine style that has made it famous so far – with skill and with love for the country that they represent.

It is marvelous that the World Cup will be taking place in South Africa for the first time since its inception. This bears witness to the importance of African football in the world, as well as to the level that it has reached.

How far do you think your team will advance?

I hope Argentina reaches the finals. The national team is a competitive one, comprised as it is of excellent sportsmen, most of whom play for some of the best football clubs in Europe.

Who according to you are the top 3 favourite teams to win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?

I think that Argentina, Brazil and Spain could be amongst the three favourite teams to win the World Cup. However, I must mention that England is also poised to win. Along with Brazil, England is one of our traditional adversaries with whom the team has played some unforgettable matches.

Who is your  favourite to win the “Golden Boot” award?

I hope that it is an Argentine player – perhaps it will be Messi, if I may say so!