10 Unknown Facts About South Africa

Besides the common things that South Africa is known for, there are other facts that are not in the open regarding our country. These facts are good to know because they make one take note of things that are often over look and over shadowed by “bigger” and more “important” facts such as our heritage and history. This list uncovers 10 facts about South Africa that are unknown to the everyday person.


The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless colour and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

2. Nobel Street

South Africa is the only country in the world to have two nobel peace prize winners who had houses on the same street. The street in question is Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the Nobel Prize winners being Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.