POPULATION 57 million
CAPITAL Pretoria (executive); Bloemfontein (judicial); Cape Town (legislative)
LANGUAGE Zulu; Xhosa; Afrikaans; English
CURRENCY Rand
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2

Islam in the Rainbow nation has developed in three segments. In 1658 witnessed the first Muslim descendants as the Mardyckers, who were transported to the Cape to secure the established settlement against the indigenous, as well as providing employment practiced by the Portuguese and subsequently by the Dutch. During the 1860s witnessed the migration of indentured Muslim laborers from South India. Since democracy, the number of Muslim migrants from South Asia has been escalating. Cape Town Tourism has revealed some of their upcoming plans to make South Africa a popular destination with the travel-hungry Muslims.

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