Botswana (Republic of)

History of Relations| Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Relations between South Africa and Botswana were formalised with the establishment of Representative Offices in both countries in 1992. The upgrading of relations to full diplomatic level came into force on 22 June 1994. The respective missions became High Commissions upon South Africa's return to the Commonwealth.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Botswana

H E Ms TP Shope-Soumah
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Botswana Representation in South Africa

H E Ms T C Modise
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

High Commission of Botswana

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact Botswana High Commission in South Africa or visit the website of Botswana Tourism.

Health Requirements

Malaria is present in certain areas such as the Okavango swamps.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Botswana has hot summers with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees. Winters are moderate, but temperatures can fall to zero degrees at night.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is Pula which is divided into hundred thebes. The symbol for Pula is P.

For current exhange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info


Botswana is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) which allows for a free flow of trade between the two countries. No bilateral trade figures are recorded between the two countries, as trade figures are recorded in terms of the combined imports by one country from all other SACU countries.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Botswana, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information


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