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Title: South Africa Overview


1
South Africa Overview
  • Ambassador
  • Norma Gonzalez

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General Information
  • Republic of South Africa
  • Independence from the UK
  • May 31, 1910
  • President Thabo Mbeki

Source TIME Europe Online
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General Information
  • Total Population 43 million
  • Ethnic Groups Black 75.2
  • White 13.6
  • Colored 8.6
  • Religions Christian 68
  • Indigenous Beliefs and Animist 28.5

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A New Beginning
  • 1994 Marked end of Apartheid System
  • Nelson Mandela elected President same year
  • December 1996 New Constitution Certified
  • Country is restructuring

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Major Issues
  • 2 Problem Areas
  • Ecological Concerns
  • Agriculture and Food Supply Concerns
  • 2 Areas of Interest
  • Communications
  • Technology Advancement

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Ecological Concerns
  • Priceless ecosystems
  • Torn between preservation and use of resources
  • As population grows, more land is needed
  • Limited availability of fresh water

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Agriculture and Food Supply
  • Agriculture plays an important role in the
    national economy
  • Limited availability of water
  • Serious malnutrition

Source Sunday Times Newspaper Online
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Communications
  • The telephone system is the best developed and
    most modern in Africa (CIA World Factbook)
  • Serious efforts to provide Internet access to
    all

Source BBC News online
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Technology Advancement
  • CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial
    Research)
  • Leading research group helped installation of
    satellite near Johannesburg
  • First Ka band Telemetry, Tracking and Command
    facility worldwide (CSIR)
  • CSIR hosted workshop in 2003
  • Advanced Institute for Information and
    Communications Technology
  • Emphasize the use of ICT in society and the
    economy

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Technology Advancement
  • There have been important advancements in
    Biotechnology
  • Benefits for both South Africa, Africa, and the
    World
  • Included are
  • Fungal resistant strawberries
  • Insect resistant sugar cane
  • Virus resistant potatoes

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  • Summary

Source CSIR website
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  • QUESTIONS?
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