THREE things you did not know about South Africa:
- South Africa has the most official languages in the world: it boasts 11 official languages. English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, SiSwati and Tshivenda.
- South Africa has the world’s highest bungee-jump: Adrenaline junkies will be eager to fling themselves off the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee in the world at Bloukrans Bridge in the Tsitsikamma region between the Eastern and Western Cape. At a dizzying 216 metres high, the popular jump sees thrill-seekers plunge towards the Bloukrans River below before bouncing to a stop.
- The world’s first open heart transplant took place here: The country’s proud medical tradition claims many victories, but possibly one of the most noteworthy is the world’s first human heart transplant. This impressive operation was performed by cardiac surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard and his skilled team at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on the 3rd December 1967. In the following year he performed open heart surgery on my Mother, Daphne Barton Strauss and they remained in touch until she died in 1974.