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History of Relations

A vociferous critic of apartheid, Canada was strict in its application of sanctions against South Africa until September 1993, with relations normalising fully in 1994. President Mandela's visit to Canada in September 1998 brought the two countries close together.

As the chair of the summit of the G8-industrialised countries in 2002, Canada played a leading role in formulating the G8 response to NEPAD, presented as the African Action Plan.

Ministerial visits are frequently taking place between South Africa and Canada, and both bilateral as well as multilateral issues are discussed.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Canada

H E Ms S Y Dlamini-Mntambo
High Commissioner

South African High Commission

Canada Representation in South Africa

H E Ms S McCardell
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Canadian High Commission

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africa

For more information contact the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria or visit the web site of the Canadian Government.

Health Requirements

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from an infected area.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Ottawa is hot and humid in summer and extremely cold in winter with heavy snow falls at times.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Canadian Dollar, expressed as CAD or CAN$. The currency is freely convertible.

For current exchange 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 at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Canada, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No information


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