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History of Relations
diplomatic relations between the Union of South Africa Africa and the Federative
Republic of Brazil were established in January 1948. Recent bilateral relations
between South Africa and Brazil formalised rapidly since the advent of a democratic
South Africa. Brazil's President FH Cardoso singled out improved relations with
South Africa as a foreign policy priority, a sentiment since echoed repeatedly
by Brazil's Foreign Minister LF Lampreia.
The expansion of bilateral relations
resulted in the mutual exchange of numerous high-level visits, most notably, the
1996 State Visit to South Africa by President Cardoso and the 1998 and 2000 State
Visits to Brazil by President Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki, respectively.
President Cardoso, accompanied by a large delegation of Brazilian businessmen,
paid an official visit to South Africa from 25 to 28 November 1996.
appointment of Ambassador Otto A Maia during April 1996 to South Africa marked
the first time ever that a career diplomat with the rank of Under Secretary-General
was appointed as Brazilian Ambassador to any African country.
South African Representation in Brazil
H E Mr J N Mashimbye
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
African Consulate General: Sao Paulo
DIFFERENCE WITH SA:
-5 hours (Winter - October - February)
-4 hours (Summer
- March - September)
Brazil Representation in South Africa
H E Mr N R Jorge
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Visa Requirements for South Africans
For more information
contact the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
or visit their web
Visa Requirements for Brazilian citizens visiting South
For more information contact any South African Embassy.
Advisory: Warning on illegal activities abroad
South African citizens
travelling abroad are strongly advised to take care not to become involved in
activities which may be, or are, illegal in foreign countries. Please remember,
once you leave South Africa, you are not protected by South African laws and constitutional
rights. If you are arrested abroad, the South African Government cannot get you
out of prison or demand your release. At most, your government can intercede with
local authorities to try and ensure that your rights under the laws of the country
in which you were arrested are fully observed. It can also attempt to ensure that
you are treated humanely, i.e., according to those international agreements to
which the country in which you have been arrested, has acceded.
that the South African Government views crimes - particularly those involving
illegal drugs, mercenary activities, the traffic in humans or small arms or the
abuse of women and children - in a most serious light.
Medical facilities are available, but expensive.
English speaking doctors and dentists are available.
Yellow Fever certificate is required for pax travelling to following areas: Acre,
Amazonas Amapa, Distrito Federal, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso. Mato Gross do
Sol, Para, Rondonia, Tocantins, Roraima.
Fever certificate is required by SA authorities for pax returning from South American
Children up to the age of 6 years must be vaccinated against polio.
Malaria risk outside
of urban areas/coastal areas from Rio to Recife - no malaria.
Hepatitis B - immunisation
recommended for pax travelling in the Amazon.
Tetanus - immunisation recommended if more than 2 years have elapsed since last
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
Brazil's climate is similar to South Africa, but extremely dry
(low humidity) during the winter months (June/July). During the summer months
(January/February) temperatures can go up to 40 degrees C in the Rio de Janeiro
For up-to-date weather information click here.
unit is the Real (R$) - plural = Reais.
For current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please
contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0726 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com
South African exports to Brazil include anthracite and coal, ashes
and residues, mineral waxes, stainless steel, machinery, base metals, medical
instruments and paperboard boxes. Manufactured products from South Africa entering
the Brazilian market include mining equipment, chemicals, pool equipment, steel
tubes, glass, software, roof tiles and beer.
Important SA Imports from Brazil:
Chemicals, vehicles, machinery, iron and steel, paper, ceramics.
information on trade statistics between South Africa and Brazil, visit the
web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
Interest Groups and Information