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.Continue Reading
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 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 >
As of February 2014, based on the BankservAfrica Disposable Salary Index, the average salary in South Africa is R11,641. This average salary is 6.4 percent higher than in 2013.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 >
Based on the 2011 census held in South Africa, more than 52 million people reside in the country. Africans made up the majority of the population, with 79.2 percent and a total of over 41 million citizens.Full Answer >