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Fifty Facts about a Remarkable Nation.
  • 29 South African beaches were awarded blue flags, an international indicator of high environmental standards for recreational beaches in 2009.
  • "South Africa is probably the leading economy in the world." (CNBC Europe)
  • South Africa’s Rand is the second best-performing emerging market currency of the 26 monitored by Bloomberg in 2009
  • With two gold medals and one silver medal, South Africa ended the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in ninth position on the medals table, ahead of the likes of  Australia, Cuba, China and France.
  • South Africa sold $1.8 billion worth of cars to the US last year, putting us ahead of Sweden and Italy as suppliers to the US market.
  • In 2009, the Springboks become the first international team to be World Champions in both 15-a-side and Sevens rugby.
  • In 2009, Time magazine named two South Africans in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • The International Monetary Forum's World Economic Outlook ranks us in the top 10% of counties in respect of Real GDP Growth Projections for 2010.
  • In the Economist Intelligence Unit's Survey of Democratic Freedom we rank 31st of of 184 countries.
  • South Africa ranks second worldwide in terms of the transparency surrounding its budgets - just behind the United Kingdom, tie with France, and ahead of New Zealand and the United States - according to the Open Budget Index.
  • The number of 'dollar millionaires' in South Africa has increased from less than 25,000 in 2004 to over 55,000 in 2007, according to the World Wealth Report
  • According to the World Pay Report, South African managers are earning disposable incomes that are higher than those in many developed countries.
  • The first MBA programme outside of the United States was started by the University of Pretoria in 1949.
  • South Africa is home to the world's largest individually timed cycle race (the Cape Argus Cycle Race), the world's largest open water swim (the Midmar Mile) and the world's largest ultra-marathon (the Comrades Marathon).
  • Johannesburg ranks 2nd among countries from Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa in dealing with urbanisation and environmental challenges, in the MasterCard Insights Report on Urbanisation and Environmental Challenges.
  • South Africa ranked 44th out of 131 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2007/8.
  • South Africa ranks as 44th strongest state out of 177 countries in the Fund for Peace's Failed States Index. The index measures state vulnerability based on 12 social, economic, political, and military indicators.
  • South Africa was ranked as the 18th most attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment by global strategic management consulting firm AT Kearney
  • Three South African cities were voted amongst the world's top 100 Most Liveable Cities in a study conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. Cape Town was ranked in 85th place, Johannesburg 90th and Port Elizabeth 97th.
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