Gay Guide South Africa

Since 1 January 2008, the age of consent in South Africa is 16 years, regardless of sexual orientation and gender. No sodomy laws apply in South Africa, however sex with a male under the age of 19 is punishable with imprisonment of up to six years with or without a fine of up to 12,000 Rand. Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill which was tabled in reaction to the Constitutional Court ruling of 1 December 2005 where the court ordered parliament to amend the definition of marriage from "a union between a man and a women" to "a union between two persons". The Bill of Rights chapter of the Constitution of South Africa clearly outlaws, amongst others, any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender and marital status. Safe sex is highly advisable as South Africa has the highest number of HIV infections in the world - 5 million. South Africa continues to have difficulties curbing the violence against homsexuals and particularly lesbians.

Cities in South Africa

Cape Town - Western CapeDarling - Western CapeDurban - Kwazulu NatalFranschhoek - Western CapeJohannesburg - GautengKnysna - Western CapeMcGregor - Western CapeMkuze - KwaZulu NatalOudtshoorn - Western CapePort Elizabeth - Eastern CapeSowetoTshwane / Pretoria - GautengWilderness - Western Cape

Name: Suid-Afrika · Südafrika · Afrique du Sud · Sudáfrica · Sud Africa
Location: Southern Africa
Initials: ZAF
International country code: 27 (omit 0 from area codes)
International access code: 09
Language: English, Afrikaans, African languages
Area: 1,220,813 km² / 471,358.5 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Rand (ZAR) = 100 Cents
Population: 51,189,000
Capital: Cape Town (legislative capital), Pretoria (administrative capital)
Religions: 81% Christian
Climate: Ranging from hot and dry in summer to cold and wet in winter. Sub-tropical to Mediterranean climates.
Important gay cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg

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