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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 $683,044,950 $925,240,261
2012 $634,132,750 $693,331,732
2013 $471,573,202 $685,757,668
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - South Africa
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $24,763,341 $715,112
02 Veg. Prod. $42,116,616 $102,653,352
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $58,700 $775,628
04 Food Prod. $18,167,796 $72,510,853
05 Mineral Prod. $3,883,020 $17,156,078
06 Chemical Prod. $79,599,034 $63,599,533
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $11,148,971 $7,491,360
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $348,774 $747,541
09 Wood Prod. $1,158,270 $172,267
10 Paper Prod. $2,825,551 $713,563
11 Textiles Prod. $3,531,669 $2,353,244
12 Dress Access. $393,322 $108,569
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $2,117,908 $2,925,663
14 Precious Metals/stones $1,415,445 $184,342,077
15 Base Metal Prod. $27,196,589 $121,574,682
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $162,823,352 $75,007,985
17 Vehicles and Equip. $40,847,324 $11,350,106
18 Specialized Inst. $31,850,233 $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: Pravin Gordhan

Main Political Parties:
African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Independent Democrats (ID), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (COPE)

Elections:
Next: 2014 (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: $471,573,202
Canadian imports from country: $685,757,668
FDI in Canada: $ million (2012)
CDI in South Africa: $3042 million (2012)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Membathisi Mphumzi Shepherd Mdladlana

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Gaston Barban


April 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27