South Africa

The Republic of South Africa is situated in the southernmost part of the African continent.

South Africa is a diverse country with 9 provinces, which range from mountains and beaches to deserts and bushveld.

South Africa is a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464 mm.

South Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau.

South Africa is able to further develop and implement its national policy on climate change consistently and continues to play a leading role in the international climate negotiations.

South Africa is amongst the 20th largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitting countries worldwide.

South Africa is famous for its sunshine – an average of 2,500 hours of sun every year.

South Africa is flanked by two oceans.

South Africa is particularly affected by the consequences of climate change.

History of South Africa

  • In 1918 South Africa was beset with the “Great Flu’.
  • In 1928, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to South Africa to guard the mines.[9]
  • In 1928, the infamous De Beers diamond cartel imported several of the dogs to South Africa to protect their mining interests.
  • In 1938, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to guard their South African mines, and these dogs were subsequently integrated into the Boerboel gene pool.
  • In 1990 the Boerboel breed, according to the AKC, was in danger of being lost and a group of fanciers (later to become the South African Boerboel Breeders’ Association or SABT) started scouring South Africa for eligible dogs to use as a breeding base.
  • In 1991, after international pressure and when a change of government was imminent, South African Ambassador to the United States Harry Schwarz signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • In 2003, the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act was promulgated, legislating a new way of measuring economic transformation for South Africa.
  • In 2017, the South African government promulgated an amended preferential procurement regulations, which included specifically legislative requirements for the development of specific designated groups, within the black economic empowerment/historically disadvantaged groups.
  • In 2019, the team went to South Africa in order to carry out high-speed testing of the land speed record car using its jet engine, and reached speeds of 628mph, corroborating the predictions made by computer modelling prior to the test — and in doing so, proving that the car has record-breaking capability.
  • On 5 March 2020, the South African government reported its first case.