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Map of South Africa
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Today
May 23
Capital
Pretoria
Leader
President Jacob Zuma
Area (sq km)
1,219,090.00
Population
53,675,563
Language(s)
IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, and more
Literacy
86.40%
Currency
Rand (ZAR)

"“National Anthem of South Africa"”

"“National Anthem of South Africa"” was adopted in 1994 as South Africa'’s national anthem, with lyrics by Enoch Sontonga and Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven and music by Enoch Sontonga and Marthinus Lourens de Villiers. The anthem is a combination of "“N'kosi Sikelel' iAfrica"” (God Bless Africa) and "“Die Stem van Suid Afrika"” (The Call of South Africa), which were respectively the anthems of the non-white and white communities under apartheid. The official lyrics contain a mixture of Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English (the five most widely spoken of South Africa's 11 official languages). The music incorporates the melody used in the Tanzanian and Zambian anthems.

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