President Jacob Zuma told a meeting of business leaders on Wednesday night that Africa is the world's largest continent - and can fit all the other continents in it.
Africa is 30.22 million km² and has a population of 1.111 billion.
Asia is 44.58 million km², with a population of 4.427 billion.
In other words, according to his calculations, 118 745 750 km2 (the combined area of Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Antarctica) can fit into 11 677 239.00 km2 (the size of the African continent).
Of course we cannot apologise on behalf of Zuma (this is the job of his spokesperson and we wish him well in this regard), but our only explanation for this is possibly that he was confusing the global land mass with the price tag of his new private residence paid for by the tax payer.
This was the same night the Minister of Finance was summarily removed from office, and the Rand dropped to a new all time low in one day.
So for the record and to avoid any confusion in the minds of school going students, here are the actual sizes of the various continents.
Largest Continents in Area
1. Asia - 17,139,445 square miles (44,391,162 square km)
2. Africa - 11,677,239 square miles (30,244,049 square km)
3. North America - 9,361,791 square miles (24,247,039 square km)
4. South America - 6,880,706 square miles (17,821,029 square km)
5. Antarctica - About 5,500,000 square miles (14,245,000 square km)
6. Europe - 3,997,929 square miles (10,354,636 square km)
7. Australia - 2,967,909 square miles (7,686,884 square km)
8. Nkandla - R246 631 303.00