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821265.  Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:27 am Reply with quote

I'm going to start a topic about my country that isn't prefaced with a negative connotation!

822496.  Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:27 pm Reply with quote

Is South Africa the only country in the World to have three centres of Government?

822753.  Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:51 am Reply with quote

Yes, indeed that is true.

Bloemfontein is the Judicial Capital
Pretoria, the Administrative Capital
Cape Town the seat of Parliament.

All a bit silly really as it means a lot of travelling for MPs and very high travel bills for the government to deal with. These costs could go towards other things like housing and service delivery.

822792.  Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:15 am Reply with quote

How did South Africa end up with three centres?

822870.  Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:00 pm Reply with quote

They needed three capitals:

Republic of South Africa

825632.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:08 am Reply with quote

LOL CB. I'm not too sure how we got 3 centres. Southern Africa was divided into 4 provinces (pre-1994) and each of these was the capital of one of three of the provinces, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Where is South Africa's only active volcano?

(People will say "there are no active volcanoes in southern Africa"), however there is a small island in the south atlantic half way between Cape Town and Antarctica. It is called Marion Island and houses a weather station and belongs to RSA. It has an active volcano.

I went there in 1978 and it was cold and bleak!! Just penguins, seals and sea birds (and the active volcano that towers over the island).

825699.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:54 am Reply with quote

Not many people would call an active volcano 'cold'.

825705.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:34 pm Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Not many people would call an active volcano 'cold'.

The same type of person that would call the air stream through the front nozzles on the Harrier cold.

Not my drawing, it's from :-

Sadurian Mike
825710.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Despite being 'vehicular-industry disadvantaged' (i.e. they didn't have one) during the 1930s, the South Africans managed to develop one of the most successful Allied armoured cars of WWII in 1938.

Nearly 6000 Marmon-Herringtons were built and they ran to ten different versions, the last being used in the 1990s by Greece.

825740.  Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:00 pm Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Not many people would call an active volcano 'cold'.

The volcano won't be cold but the island it's on might be. Iceland has plenty of active volcanos but you'd hardly call the climate tropical!

867710.  Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:45 am Reply with quote

South Africa's three centers of government were established as an appeasement between the two British colonies (Natal and the Cape) and the two independent Boer Republics (Orange Free State and Transvaal) for the creation of the new united Republic, the four colonies + republics then becoming the four provinces. After the 1994 democratic elections the provinces were split to nine but the split between executive, parliament and administrative capitals remained.

Alfred E Neuman
867713.  Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:32 am Reply with quote

And Pietermaritzburg in Natal received financial compensation for not being one of the capitals. And has been a sleepy-hollow ever since...

867754.  Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:44 pm Reply with quote

Welcome to the QI forums, warman :-)

1017469.  Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:56 am Reply with quote

In reply to AlfredENeuman: Pietermaritzburg is definitely not a sleepy hollow. We have many exciting pursuits eg. we can watch the leaves fall in the Botanical Gardens at the beginning of autumn, we can watch the traffic lights on the main road change - they do so regularly - red, yellow, green - most exciting, we can go to the bakery and watch the bread rise, and go and watch the politicians fall asleep in the provincial legislature. We live dangerously!!

1017489.  Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:35 pm Reply with quote

Comments like Sherbrooke's is why a "like"-button is needed.


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