Factsheet : South Africa

Official Title:
Republic of South Africa


General Information

Capital: Tshwane (Pretoria)
Population (million): 55.91
Total Area: 1,221,038km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 11.0867 Rands (ZAR) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: 27 April, Freedom Day
Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu


Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary Republic

Type of Government:
Executive: President elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Legislative: Bicameral Parliament � National Assembly (400 members) and National Council of Provinces (90 members).

Head of State:
President Jacob Zuma

Head of Government:
President Jacob Zuma

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Trade & Industry: Rob Davies
Finance: Malusi Gigaba

Main Political Parties:
African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), National Freedom Party (NFP), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Freedom Front Plus (FFP), Congress of the People (COPE).

Elections:
Last: 2014 (legislative-lower and upper house). Next:2019 (legislative-lower and upper house).


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type South Africa Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 389.80 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 6,971.96 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.28 1.43
Inflation: (%) 6.34 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 26.72 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $468,791,753
Canadian imports from country: $851,931,595
FDI in Canada: $721 million
CDI in South Africa: $2,057 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Sandra McCardell


October 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - South Africa
Year Exports Imports
2012 $634,148,633 $693,202,251
2013 $466,618,906 $685,976,902
2014 $439,289,201 $1,104,133,500
2015 $621,161,559 $880,130,238
2016 $468,791,753 $851,931,595
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - South Africa
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $15,539,243 $786,727
02 Veg. Prod. $61,218,972 $135,832,075
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $114,786 $1,359,667
04 Food Prod. $13,705,062 $85,546,430
05 Mineral Prod. $24,100,046 $21,059,829
06 Chemical Prod. $61,416,887 $68,223,085
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $9,817,249 $6,778,433
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $108,333 $810,825
09 Wood Prod. $393,979 $153,283
10 Paper Prod. $1,619,078 $2,309,467
11 Textiles Prod. $2,205,778 $2,886,219
12 Dress Access. $410,764 $194,465
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,621,131 $3,153,146
14 Precious Metals/stones $489,524 $223,673,855
15 Base Metal Prod. $26,538,461 $84,375,317
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $144,915,467 $98,081,403
17 Vehicles and Equip. $69,990,450 $107,500,298
18 Specialized Inst. $21,539,579 $3,955,424
19 Arms & Ammunition $825,759 $137,652
20 Misc. Articles $2,474,297 $1,874,364
21 Antiques $66,613 $2,293,344