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History of Relations
Israel established a Legation in South Africa in 1952 and in 1974 it was upgraded to an Embassy. In 1972 South Africa established a Consulate General in Tel Aviv which was upgraded to an Embassy in December 1975. Israel continued to enjoy close relations with the Apartheid Government in South Africa. Following the democratic transition in South Africa and the establishment of full diplomatic relations with Palestine, after South Africa adopted an approach, which favors resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict through peaceful negotiations, on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
In September 1995 Foreign Minister Alfred B Nzo, paid an official visit to Israel and signed an Agreement establishing a Joint Commission of Co-operation with the Israeli Government. The first meeting of this Joint Commission took place in June 1996. On this occasion, five bilateral agreements were negotiated for co-operation in the following spheres: Agriculture, Tourism, Culture, Environment and Science, as well as Nature Conservation.
South African Representation in Israel
Mr T B Ceke
South African Embassy
in South Africa
H E Mr E Belotsercovsky
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of Israel
Visa Requirements for South Africans
Visas are not required for South African passport holders not intending to stay for more than three months. Persons holding temporary or emergency passports are excluded and it is imperative for persons with such travel documents to obtain visas prior to departure.
Tetanus immunisation is recommended for travel to rural areas.
For further information
go to Travelers' Health.
Winters are cool and rainy, this is from mid-November to mid- February. Summers on the other hand can be very hot during June to August, especially in the south.
For up-to-date weather information click here
The monetary unit is the New Israeli Shekel.
For current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
Visits and interactions between South Africa and Israel include a courtesy call by Mr Marius Fransman, South African then Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Mr Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on 20 November 2011, a visit to South Africa by Ambassador Avraham Granot, Deputy Director-General Africa at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2011, as well as in December 2012, a meeting between Mr Paul Mashatile, then South African Minister of Arts and Culture and Ms Limor Livnat, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport on 27 February 2012, in South Africa, and a meeting between Mr Derek Hanekom, then Deputy Minister of Science and Technology with Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, Israeli Minister of Science and Technology on September 2012.
There is currently limited political and diplomatic interaction between South Africa and Israel, mainly due to Israel’s antagonistic attitude towards the MEPP and disregard for International Law regarding the rights of the Palestinians and their territories. South Africa’s baseline is that Israel must return to negotiations and create favorable conditions for peaceful negotiations.
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa
and Israel, visit the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
Groups and Information