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South Africa

Official Title:
Republic of South Africa


General Information

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.
5-year trade
Canada - South Africa
Year Exports Imports
2009 $468,661,987 $715,855,073
2010 $683,044,951 $925,385,383
2011 $634,148,633 $693,202,251
2012 $467,553,828 $685,975,582
2013 $439,404,060 $1,104,229,106
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - South Africa
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $12,077,471 $1,139,681
02 Veg. Prod. $59,472,164 $109,813,199
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $251,506 $788,697
04 Food Prod. $11,628,146 $77,670,427
05 Mineral Prod. $1,746,872 $19,117,081
06 Chemical Prod. $96,623,604 $69,413,776
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $10,038,949 $9,093,803
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $168,116 $681,223
09 Wood Prod. $1,144,685 $111,344
10 Paper Prod. $3,706,490 $888,400
11 Textiles Prod. $3,489,347 $3,874,712
12 Dress Access. $483,907 $151,895
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $973,352 $3,441,498
14 Precious Metals/stones $551,549 $186,691,871
15 Base Metal Prod. $16,966,567 $391,815,992
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $159,027,222 $57,448,247
17 Vehicles and Equip. $24,269,284 $136,819,577
18 Specialized Inst. $22,729,550 $3,081,974
19 Arms & Ammunition $483,455 $28,598,853
20 Misc. Articles $3,124,894 $1,468,188
21 Antiques $354,910 $2,061,760

Capital: Pretoria (administrative)
Population (million): 52.982
Total Area: 1,221,038km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 9.81 Rands (ZAR)(2014)
National Holiday: 27 April, Freedom Day
Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu


Political Information

Type of State:
Constitutional democracy

Type of Government:
Bicameral Parliament consisting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces Note: Capitals: Tshwane/ Pretoria (Administrative), Cape Town (Legislative), Bloemfontein (Judicial)

Head of State:
President Jacob Zuma

Head of Government:
President Jacob Zuma

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Trade & Industry: Rob Davies
Finance: Nhlanhla Nene

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).

Elections:
Next 2019 (presidential and legislative)


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type South Africa Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 361.29 1881.42
GDP per capita: ($) 6819.19 53593.83
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.89 2.02
Inflation: (%) 5.75 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 24.72 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $439,404,060
Canadian imports from country: $1,104,229,106
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in South Africa: $2471 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Membathisi Mphumzi Shepherd Mdladlana

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Gaston Barban


February 2015
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27