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South Africa is a country located in the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. It has an area of 1,219,090 square kilometres and a population of over 51 million people. The country is divided into nine provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape. South Africa has a varied topography with many different landforms. The country can be divided into three main geographical regions: the coastal lowlands (along the Indian Ocean), the inland plateau (in the middle) and the Highveld (in the north). The coastal lowlands are characterised by long stretches of white sandy beaches and beautiful lagoons. The inland plateau consists of rolling hills and grassy plains with scattered rocky outcrops. In addition to these three major regions there are also several mountain ranges including Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal province which have peaks reaching up to 3 000 meters in height. The climate in South Africa varies from region to region due to its diverse topography and location near oceans. Most parts of South Africa have a temperate climate with warm summers (November to March) and cool winters (June to August). In some areas there is also a lot of rainfall while others experience very little precipitation throughout the year due to their location within semi-arid zones such as Karoo or Namaqualand. South Africa has an abundance of natural resources including gold, diamonds, platinum group metals and uranium as well as coal reserves which are used for electricity generation. There are also vast deposits of iron ore which are mined for steel production. Agriculture plays an important role in South African economy with maize being one of its most important crops while wine production is also popular in some parts of the country such as Stellenbosch or Paarl regions near Cape Town. Check bridgat for South Africa Weather and Climate.