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About South Africa
 
South Africa at a Glance
 
  • Size 1 219 090 square km
 

Key Economic Sectors
  • Mining
  • Services and Transportation
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Telecommunication
Population
  • 50 million (est)

Official Languages

  • English
  • IsiZulu
  • IsiXhosa
  • IsiNdebele
  • Afrikaans
  • SiSwati
  • Sesotho sa Leboa
  • Sesotho
  • Setswana
  • Tshivenda
  • Xitsonga

Government

  • Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (National, Provincial, Local) democracy

Major Cities

  • Johannesburg
  • Cape town
  • Durban
  • Pretoria
  • Polokwane
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Bloemfontein
  • East London
  • Kimberley

Main International Airports

  • OR Tambo International – Johannesburg
  • Cape Town International – Cape Town
  • King Shaka International – Durban

Currency

  • South African Rand (ZAR)
  • 100 cents equals one Rand
  • Naira = ZAR 0.05 (est.)
  • US$ 1 = ZAR 8 (est.)
  • €1 = ZAR 11 (est.)
  • £1 = ZAR 13 (est.)

Time

  • GMT +2 hours

Distances

  • Cape town to Johannesburg - 1 400 km (880 miles)
  • Johannesburg to Durban - 600 km (380 miles)

Transportation

  • Excellent road, rail and air facilities (both domestic and international)
  • Telecommunications
  • World-class infrastructure. Internet access is widely available. There are four mobile (cellular) networks, namely Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom

Value-Added Tax

  • Levied at 14%. Tourists may apply for tax refunds on purchases over R250 on departure.

Health

  • Top-quality care is available throughout the country, although basic in rural areas.
  • Inoculations are only required for those travelling from yellow-fever areas.
  • Malaria precautions are necessary in some areas in the North.
For further information on South Africa, visit www.southafrica.info and www.gov.za
 
Mr Lulu Louis Mnguni
Head of Mission
 
 
More Information
Statistics South Africa
South Africa Reserve Bank
South African Revenue Services
Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Government Online
South African Airways
South African Tourism
National Parks of South Africa
Wines of South Africa
South Africa Broadcasting Corporation
Artscape
Trade and Investment of South Africa (TIISA)
 
 
 
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