Latin Africa (terra) "African land, Libya, the Carthaginian territory," fem. of adjective Africus, from Afer "an African," a word of uncertain origin. The Latin word originally was used only in reference to the region around modern Tunisia; it gradually was extended to the whole continent. Derivation from Arabic afar "dust, earth" is tempting, but the early date seems to argue against it. The Middle English word was Affrike.
1. South Africa was going through a period of irreversible change.
2. The whole of Africa had been buffeted by social and political upheavals.
3. Mandela said, "We want a united, undivided South Africa".
4. It was one of the driest and dustiest places in Africa.