Guyana (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

South Africa and Guyana established diplomatic relations on 4 November 1994. On 10 February 1999, South Africa's first non-resident High Commissioner, Ms T Luthuli-Gcabashe, presented her credentials in Georgetown. Subsequent Mission visits to Guyana have served to deepen the relationship. The Mission, in conjunction with Guyana's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport presented two very successful performances by a traditional South African Zulu group.

"Amabhunu" during 2002. The Director General of the Department of Mining and Energy, Adv. Sandile Nogxina and a South African delegation concluded a successful visit to Guyana from 24-27 March 2002. The fact-finding visit included discussions with Prime Minister (also responsible for Energy) Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Energy Agency, Institute of Applied Science and Technology (University of Guyana) and the Gold and Diamond Miners Association (private miners).

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Guyana

The South African High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica is responsible for Guyana:

HE Adv F D Radebe
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Time difference: -7 hours

Guyanese Representation in South Africa

H E Dr C K Hunte
High Commissioner

Guyanese High Commission

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

No Representation

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate.

Malaria is present.

Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds. Rainy seasons from May to August and November to January.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

1 US Dollar = 178,00 Guyanese Dollar (GYD) on 29 July 2003.

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

Exports fall chiefly into the categories of base metals and machinery etc. (Imports are too negligible to be reflected in the official trade statistics.)

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information



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