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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 $446,083,068 $631,267,732
2010 $468,661,987 $715,855,073
2011 $683,044,951 $925,385,383
2012 $634,148,633 $693,334,926
2013 $468,420,596 $685,716,149
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - South Africa
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $24,787,791 $715,112
02 Veg. Prod. $42,116,216 $102,619,466
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $58,700 $775,628
04 Food Prod. $17,032,252 $72,509,657
05 Mineral Prod. $3,720,332 $17,156,110
06 Chemical Prod. $79,512,207 $63,592,302
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $11,093,990 $7,494,677
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $348,774 $740,297
09 Wood Prod. $1,129,083 $172,267
10 Paper Prod. $2,815,989 $713,634
11 Textiles Prod. $3,343,747 $2,353,244
12 Dress Access. $393,322 $108,569
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $2,117,908 $2,925,663
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,415,625 $184,342,369
15 Base Metal Prod. $27,170,725 $121,563,190
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $161,396,801 $75,023,577
17 Vehicles and Equip. $40,868,655 $11,350,332
18 Specialized Inst. $31,771,192 $3,894,147
19 Arms & Ammunition $451,796 $13,177,355
20 Misc. Articles $4,269,189 $1,728,926
21 Antiques $63,537 $2,674,705

Capital: Pretoria (administrative)
Population (million): 52.982
Total Area: 1,221,038km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 9.35 Rands (ZAR)(2013)
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) 361.1 1878.77
GDP per capita: ($) 6815.44 53518.54
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.89 2.01
Inflation: (%) 5.75 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 24.74 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $468,420,596
Canadian imports from country: $685,716,149
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


May 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27