South Africa: A Country on the Rise

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In the last 20 years, South Africa’s growth and development have placed this country on the global stage and now is an influential player in world affairs. Senior enlisted leaders must understand the importance of South Africa’s continued development and support to United States national interests so that commands will be informed facilitators to the strong bond between these two nations. This paper will discuss South Africa’s background information, government, strategic importance, and future direction of this emerging nation. Background Information South Africa occupies the southern tip of Africa, its coastline stretches 1,553 miles from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. South Africa has three capitals. Cape Town, in the Western Cape, is the legislative capital and is where the country's Parliament is found. Bloemfontein, in the Free State, is the judicial capital, and home to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Pretoria, in Gauteng, is the administrative capital, and the ultimate capital of the country. It is home to the Union Buildings and a large proportion of the public service. The largest and most important city is Johannesburg, the economic heartland of the country. ("South Africa's geography," 2012) The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma released the country’s 20 year review March 11th, 2014. This report reflects on South Africa’s progress in reconstruction and development since 1994. According to the 20 year review “South Africa’s reintegration into the global community has seen its diplomatic, political and economic relations expand rapidly”. ("South africa's expanding," 2014) Over the last... ... middle of paper ... .../nelson-mandela-s-legacy- continues-to-impact-south-africa/article_d898f5b8-60fe-11e3-beea-001a4bcf887a.html Cilliers, J. (2014, February 19). South africa: The future of south africa - seven things that need to happen. Retrieved from http://allafrica.com/stories/201402191271.html South africa's geography. (2012, JUNE 28). Retrieved from: http://www.southafrica.info/about/geography/geography.htm South africa's expanding global influence. (2014, MARCH 2014). Retrieved from: http://www.southafrica.info/news/international/20years-review1.htm South africa military strength. (2014, February 14). Retrieved from http://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=South- Africa The world fact book. (2014, MARCH 11). Retrieved from: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html
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