It often feels like South Africa is way off the world map, being tucked away on the tip of Africa, far away from everyone. Well, Google at least know we are here.

They have announced Google Maps South Africa. Google Maps always used to cover South Africa too, but with this announcement, we finally get a host of new features available.

We are now able to get directions between locations, and businesses can add themselves to be listed as well.

The most contentious feature, but, in my view, the most fun, will be the street view. This is not yet implement, but is promised within the next few months, and I have already heard reports from people that they have spotted the Google street view car during around.

Now all I have to do is wait for the Google Maps Navigation software to become available for my phone, and I will be very happy…