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South Africa and the People's Republic of China (PRC)
agreed in August 1991 on the establishment of unofficial representations in Beijing
and Pretoria respectively to act as channels of communication between the two
governments. Consequently the South African Centre for Chinese Studies was established
in Beijing in March 1992. Formal diplomatic relations were established on 1 January
South African Representation in China
Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Ms D Balatseng
China Representation in South Africa
H E Mr S T Lin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the People's Republic of China
Visa Requirements for South Africans
information contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
Immunisation against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis
C as well as Japanese Encephalitis is strongly recommended
before departure from South Africa. Immunisation against poliomyelitis, tetanus
and typhoid (Vivotif Berna) is also recommended. Malaria is not really
a problem in Beijing, although it does exist in the southern parts of China. A
yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming
from an infected area.
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
is hot and humid in summer and very cold and dry in winter. Temperatures from
June to August can go up to 38 degrees C with a humidity level of 70 - 75% or
For up-to-date weather information click here.
The monetary unit is the Yuan (referred to in the daily
language as kuai), divided into ten mao (or "jiao" on the bank notes),
each of which comprises ten fen. The currency is officially referred to as the
Renminbi, abbreviated to RMB. The symbol for Yuan is "Y". The current
rate of exchange is about Y8.1 to the US dollar. The currency is not freely convertible.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Africa's main exports to China include iron ore, steel,
manganese, chrome ore, tobacco, wool, granite, gold, copper, aluminium and motor
vehicle spares. China's main exports to South Africa include textiles, kidney
beans, groundnuts, cotton seed cake, light electronics, capital equipment, paraffin
wax and television sets.
For current information on trade statistics between
South Africa and China, visit the web site of the
Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
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