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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About South Africa You May Not Know

You might know already that South Africa has 11 official languages, but here are lesser known facts about this friendly and fascination country.

1. South Africa is now the only country in the world to have hosted the Soccer, Cricket and Rugby World Cup!

2. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world and one of the planet’s 12 main energy centres, radiating magnetic, electric or spiritual energy.

3. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the world’s six floral kingdoms and the only one which is wholly contained within a single country.

4. Some countries have deserts; some have subtropical forests, right? South Africa has: deserts, wetlands, grasslands, bush, subtropical forests, mountains and escarpments.

5. South Africa’s drinking water is rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”.

6. Water is not all there is to drink in this thirsty country! South Africa’s Cape Winelands have around 560 wineries and 4 400 primary producers. Included in the Cape Winelands region is Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. That alone is good reason to visit South Africa if you haven’t yet been!

7. What about beer? South African brewery SABMiller ranks by volume – as the largest brewing company in the world. Saffers love their beer…but the real reason the brewery is so big? SABMiller also supplies up to 50% of China’s beer.

8. South Africa is the only country in the entire world that has voluntarily abandoned its nuclear weapons programme.

Source: 1stcontact

Ntediseng Mwale, a South African culinary entrepreneur putting the love and passion into cooking for her clients

They say food is love, and when prepared by passionate chefs who have a love and respect for the ingredients they use, combined with a creative eye and hand, that love is passed on to the customer. South African chef and entrepreneur, Ntediseng Mwale (Teddy), founder of Excellere Foods, is passion personified in the kitchen.

What does your company do?: 

At Excellere Foods, we specialise in catering and confectionery.

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Dragon’s Den investor and founder of the Gem Group, Lebo Gunguluza is set to launch Africa’s first 100% black-owned digital bank

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and with it the growth of financial technology (FinTech), which is quickly changing the world and holds much promise for the African continent.

Gunguluza is looking into bringing both these innovations by launching the first FinTech bank on the continent at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 12 December.

The new age challenger bank will be introduced as the new FinTech division of the Gem Group and will give customers high-level access to banking in real-time and absolute transparency.

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Tech entrepreneur Annette Muller on why business is like gardening


South African entrepreneur Annette Muller is the founder of Flexy, a new online platform that helps companies to work with an on-demand workforce from all over the world. Muller previously founded DOTNXT, one of South Africa’s first innovation consultancies (recently sold to an international firm), and has been recognised by Forbes as one of the “top 10 female tech founders to watch in Africa”.

Here Muller shares some of her thoughts on entrepreneurship.

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As we are witnessing the exponential growth of technology changing businesses, our humanity, our intuition, creativity, curiosity and constant search for knowledge is what sets us apart. It should be on every business’ priority list to cultivate and select people who are curious and equip themselves with knowledge.

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