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South African Firsts and Only, an Excerpt from WTF What the Fact!

WTF What the Fact!As anyone who lives here or has visited will tell you, South Africa is a very interesting place filled with unique people.

MapStudio has compiled a list of things that South Africa has a unique claim to, or which South Africans were the first to claim.

Take a look at the list, excerpted from WTF What the Fact!:

South African Firsts and Only

Jan Smuts was the only person to sign the treaties ending both WWI and WWII.

  • He signed the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919 which ended WWI and signed the Treaty of San Francisco on 26 June 1945, ending WWII.
  • Smuts also served as the 2nd and then the 4th prime minister of the Union of South Africa. It was even suggested, after WWII, that he should replace Churchill as prime minister of the United Kingdom although this never happened.

South Africa has the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel® Laureates.

  • Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, two Nobel Peace Prize® winners, both lived on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
  • Mandela first moved to 8115 Vilakazi Street in 1946 and returned there briefly after his release from prison in 1990. The house is now a museum.
  • Tutu’s house is on the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets although he also has a residence in Cape Town.
  • The street has become a major tourist attraction and has several statues and museums commemorating freedom fighters.

South Africa is home to the first woman to be the first lady of more than one country.

  • Graça Machel was married to Mozambican president Samora Machel who was killed in a plane crash in 1986.
  • When Graça married South African president Nelson Mandela in 1998 she became the first woman to have been first lady of more than one country.

About the Book:

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What is a “Sowetan Toilet”?

Find the answers to these questions and read about many other fascinating, bizarre and astounding facts while broadening your general knowledge about South Africa and the world with WTF – What the Fact!

Stunning photos, colourful and hugely interesting infographics, graphs, illustrations and maps, as well as amazing facts and figures, make this the quintessential book for your collection.

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