South Africa, unlike most other countries, has no designated capital city. Instead, its governmental duties are split between three separate cities: the internationally recognized capital Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.
The Constitution of South Africa only states that Cape Town must be the initial home of the legislature, or parliamentary body, but it may be moved to a different city if an act of Parliament should deem it necessary. The judicial powers, residing in the Supreme Court of Appeal, lies in Bloemfontein. Pretoria is the seat of the executive branch of the South African government. It houses the president and his cabinet in addition to most international embassies.