High Commissioner Sandra McCardell

Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to the website of the Canadian High Commission in South Africa!  Our team is based in Pretoria, with a Trade Office in Johannesburg, but we are  accredited to a broader region, including the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the Indian Ocean financial hub of Mauritius, Namibia with two deserts and mineral wealth, and Madagascar known for its unique ecological diversity.  With all these countries, Canada shares historic ties through the Commonwealth and La Francophonie. 

Well-known as a base for the broader region, South Africa is a diverse, cosmopolitan country with business opportunities in many sectors, including mining, agriculture and agri-food, transportation, ICT, and engineering and consulting services.  As a sign of our confidence in the country and the continent, Export Development Canada (EDC) has joined our Johannesburg office to connect more Canadian businesses with the growing supply chains of intra-African trade.   

Through our development programme, Canada supports South Africa’s efforts to improve the functioning of its public service, to strengthen civil society, and to build the capacity of the government to respond more effectively to its citizens’ needs.  We also work with Canadian universities and companies to promote partnerships in education and research and innovation. 

For Canadians travelling to or resident in any of our countries of accreditation, the High Commission in Pretoria provides consular and passport services -- take a look at our web page to consult travel reports or to register so we can reach you in case of emergency.  We also have great information for those who want to learn more about Canada, or who are interested in immigrating or travelling for study or work.

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Warm regards,

Sandra McCardell 
High Commissioner

High Commissioner Sandra McCardell