South Africa is known for its cultural and ethnic diversity and with 11 official languages, the country’s melting pot of cultures often astonishes visitors.
Often referred to as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa is home to a fascinating mix of citizens. There are the Nguni (comprising the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Sazi people), the San people, the Sotho Stana, the Tsonga and the Venda. Then there are the people of Europeans, as well as people of mixed raced and Asian descent. There are also hybrid mixtures of different cultures, and an overarching South African culture which ensures that, no matter what a person’s cultural heritage, they are, at heart, proudly South African. Indeed, as South Africa’s democracy evolves, it is becoming a more diverse but integrated country and cultural diversity continues to be one of its strongest assets.
South Africa is a country where creative expression flourishes and its endless cultural diversity is embodied through traditional and modern interpretations of songs, dance, theatre, design, fashion and food.
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