Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Talking about South Africa

Today's class with teacher Niel in online English school was dedicated to South Africa (officially the Republic of South Africa).
 Niel lives in Cape Town, it is a capital city of the country. He described this city as a very beautiful place.
South Africa is the multiethnic society which includes many cultures and languages. There is no official language there but most of the people speak English (at least in Cape town). Afrikaans is also commonly used language.

(Afrikaans (/ˌæfrᵻˈkɑːns/, /ˌɑː-/, or /-ˈkɑːnz/) is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia, and to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It evolved from the Dutch vernacular of South Holland (Hollandic dialect) spoken by the mainly Dutch settler. Wikipedia )

The cost of living is very high, especially in Cape Town. But for foreigners, it is more affordable. It is because the domestic currency is weak. When euros or US dollar convert to domestic currency ZAR, everyday expenses don't seem so high.    
The South African rand (sign: R; code: ZAR) is the currency of South Africa.

The main must-see cities are Cape Town, Johannesburg (the largest city) and Durban.

The most attracting for tourists places are:

Robben Island where former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

Century city and Canal Walk (a shopping center in Cape Town, that was built around a canal).

GrandWest Is the only casino in Cape Town

Gold Reef City is a theme park and entertainment destination in Johannesburg

Kruger National Park is one of Africa's largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. 

For my question about beaches resorts, Niel asked me which temperature of water I prefer. As it appeared tourist could choose:
warm water - in Durban or
cold water - in Cape Town

Here are some links to newspapers and magazines from South Africa and Cape Town 
which Niel gave me:

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