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Political Relations between South Africa and
Diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Republic of
Cyprus were established on 10 December 1993. The South African Ambassador to Athens,
Mr J Momberg, has been accredited as the non-resident High Commissioner to Cyprus
and South Africa has appointed an Honorary Consul in Cyprus. A Cypriot Consulate
General was established in Johannesburg in March 1994, and it was elevated to
the status of an Embassy at the beginning of 1999. The first Cypriot High Commissioner
to South Africa, HE Mr E Eliades, was accredited during April 1999.
Africa has excellent and long standing bilateral relations with Cyprus (and Greece).
It has maintained strong ties with these two countries also due to the large and
influential Cypriot (and Greek) community in South Africa, numbering about 60
000. This Community serves as a link between South Africa and Cyprus (and Greece)
in both the political and economic fields.
Trade between South
Africa and Cyprus
Cyprus lifted trade sanctions against South Africa
at the end of 1993. Normal trade relations between the two countries commenced
immediately and the Cypriot business community took a very keen interest in South
Africa as a business partner. Trade with Cyprus has increased steadily over the
past five years. During the last decade Cyprus has developed into one of the most
important off-shore trading centres in the world and offers many advantages to
the international business sector from countries with which Cyprus has an agreement
for the avoidance of double taxation. As a result of the relatively small domestic
market, the Cypriot business sector has developed its business activities through
triangular trade measures to include the regional markets of North Africa, the
Middle East and the eastern part of Europe, including the Balkan region.
South African Representation in Cyprus
is no South African representation in Cyprus, but the South African Ambassador
to Athens is accredited to Nicosia on a non-resident basis.
H E Mr S R Makgetla
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Representation in South Africa
H E Mr Y Iacovou
Visa Requirements for South Africans
information contact the Cypriot High Commission in Pretoria.
None for South African travellers.
For further information
go to Travelers' Health.
has an intense Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers from mid-May to mid-September
and rainy, rather changeable winters from mid-November to mid-March which are
separated by short autumn and spring seasons. Annual rainfall is 500mm.
up-to-date weather information click here.
unit is the Cyprus Pound (CP) (Euro after it will join the EU on 1 May 2004).
current exchange rates click here.
State and Official Visits / Bilateral
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: email@example.com.
Cyprus has offered Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status for
South African imports into Cyprus. However, due to its accession to the EU, it
is aligning gradually its customs tariffs to those of the EU. The gradual reduction
of customs tariffs to those of the EU. The gradual reduction of customs duties
will have a positive impact on South African exports to Cyprus. As a result, the
SA/EU TDCA will shortly be binding on Cyprus too.
For current information
on trade statistics between South Africa and Cyprus, visit the web site of the
Department of Trade
and Industry of South Africa
Groups and Information
The Greek Cypriots residing in South Africa
share the same interest and friendship groups as Greek South Africans.