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The republic of South AfricaLAND AND RESOURCESThe republic of South Africa is located one the southern-mosttip of Africa Its bordered on the north by Namibia BostwanaZimbabwe Mozambique and Swaziland on the east and south by theIndian Ocean and on the west by the Atlantic ocean South Africaoccupies a land area of about 1221037 sq km 471445 sq mi SouthAfricas population almost reached 39 million people in 1991 SouthAfrica is a multiethnic multiracial society comprised of 752 blackAfricans 136 whites 86 are known as coloureds and 26 are ofAsian decent South Africa consists primarily of a great plateau ittakes up approximately two-thirds of the country It reaches its greatheights along the Drakensberg Mountains a Mountain range that is partof the Great Escapement The Great escarpment separates the plateaufrom the coastal areas of South Africa There are three regionsdistinguished in the plateau The Highveld the Bushveld and theMiddleveld The Highveld is characterized by mostly level or gentlyrolling ground The Highveld covers the majority of the plateau and ismostly higher than 5000ft above sea level The northern limit of thehighveld is marked by a great rock ridge called the Witwatersrand Thecity of Johannesburg is located here North of the Highveld is theBushveld or as also referred to the Transvaal Basin The Bushveldaverages some 4000ft in height This veld is characterized by basinsand rock ridges which slope westerly toward the Limpopo River TheWesternmost section of the plateau is known as the Middle Veld it tooslopes in a westerly direction and the average height is 3000ft Betweenthe edge of the plateau and the eastern and southern coastline thelandscape descends towards the sea in a series of abrupt steep dropoffs There are also other Mountain Ranges in South Africa such asthe Swatberg mountain range the Langerberg mountain range SouthAfrica includes parts of two major deserts in the northwest the KalahariDesert and a small section of the Namib Desert in the west The majorrivers of South Africa are the Orange Vaal and
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