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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.
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.
Which large city lies in the shadow of the table mountain?
Cape Town. The central area of Cape Town is called City Bowl. It is enclosed by near vertical cliffs of 1,000 m (3,300 ft) high Table Mountain, and Devil's Peak and Lion's Head on either side.
Which country borders South Africa?
Botswana. South Africa borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.
To which country did the famous Robben Island prison belong to?
South Africa. Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 kilometres (4.3 mi) west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. In 1961, the first black political prisoners were housed at Robben Island, and South Africa continued to use it as a prison until 1996. The most famous political prisoner held at Robben Island was Nelson Mandela.
Which city is the largest agglomeration in South Africa?
Johannesburg -- or Jozi, Joburg or JHB -- is the largest city in South Africa and the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in the country. Johannesburg is one of the largest 50 urban agglomerations in the world and the largest city in the world that is not located on a coast, lake or river.
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.
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 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.