The bulk of banana production in South Africa occurs in the area between Port Shepstone and Port Edward in the KwaZulu-Natal, or "Garden," province. The warmer coastal strip north of Durban is particularly suitable for banana cultivation, with the area north of Mtubatuba/St. Lucia being the most ideal, although cultivation has yet to take hold widely.Know More
Although maize is the staple crop in South Africa, bananas and plantains are an important secondary crop and a staple food in other parts of Africa. Bananas are tropical plants, however, and all of South Africa is sub-tropical. The lack of an ideal climate severely limits production potential. Cold winters can cause "choke-throat" deformities of banana bunches. The cold-hardy "Williams" cultivar is highly recommended for use in cooler subtropical regions. Short cultivars such as "Dwarf Cavendish" should not be grown in cool areas due to their susceptibility to choke throat.
Bananas are an excellent staple food. The energy source in bananas is predominantly from the starches and sugars. During the ripening process the starch levels fall from over 20% to around 1% and the sugars rise from around 1% to over 20%. This high sugar concentration is unusual in a fresh fruit and the banana supplies double the energy per unit mass than the pear or apple.Learn more about Food Facts
South Africa was colonized by two different powers, the Dutch and the English. The Dutch East India Company established the first colony in 1652. The British took over the colony in 1795, returned it during the Peace of Amiens in 1802, and then re-occupied it in 1809.Full Answer >
South Africa became independent from Great Britain on December 11, 1931, but the British monarch remained head of state. On May 31, 1961, the country became a republic, severing all formal ties with Great Britain.Full Answer >
The Republic of South Africa became independent in 1961, making the country 54 years old as of 2015. The first European colonists were the Dutch, who founded Cape Town on April 7, 1652. However, native inhabitants lived in the area long before then.Full Answer >
Out of the 79 antelope species in Africa, 29 kinds of antelope are found in South Africa. This makes South Africa the largest natural habitat in the world for the antelope species.Full Answer >