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Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution, developed by Canonical Software owned by Mark Shuttleworth. What else is Mark famous for? Being an astronaut.
Shuttleworth founded Thawte in 1995, which specialized in digital certificates and Internet security. His South African company flourished thanks to American ban on export of cryptography, which limited foreign operations of US cryptographic companies. Mark sold Thawte to VeriSign in December 1999, earning US$ 575 million (he aged 26 then). Later he became the second space tourist in the world, and founded Canonical.
The southernmost tip of Africa is named the Cape of Good Hope. A hope for what? Sea route to India.
Bartolomeu Dias originally named the Cape of Good Hope the "Cape of Storms" (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed (by King John II of Portugal) the Cape of Good Hope because it represented the opening of a route to the east.
Which country does the Gough Island belong to? The United Kingdom.
Gough Island is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a dependency of Tristan da Cunha and part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is uninhabited except for the personnel of a weather station (usually six people). It is one of the most remote places with a constant human presence.
What is the highest peak in South Africa? Mafadi.
Mafadi is a peak on the border of South Africa and Lesotho. At a height of 3,450 metres, it is the highest mountain in South Africa, but is lower than Thabana Ntlenyana (3,482 m), the highest peak in Lesotho and Southern Africa.
Who started companies like; PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla? Elon Musk.
Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian American business magnate, investor and engineer. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, PayPal, Inc.; and co-founder and CEO of Neuralink. As of February 2018, he has a net worth of $20.8 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 53rd richest person in the world.