Pakistan (Islamic Republic of)
of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel
Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info
| Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits
and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/
History of Relations
Africa and Pakistan established full diplomatic relations in April 1994. South
Africa's first High Commissioner took up office in Islamabad in July 1995. Pakistan
established a High Commission in Pretoria in December 1993.
South African Representation in Pakistan
H E Mr M Jele
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
African High Commission
Representation in South Africa
H E Mr S Khan
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Visa Requirements for South Africans
more information contact the Pakistan High Commission in Pretoria.
Africans need proof of immunisation against yellow fever. There are no other immunisation
requirements for tourists. Vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid,
diphtheria and tetanus are however strongly advisable. Malaria occurs all year
round throughout Pakistan and medical advice should be sought on preventive medication
prior to visiting Pakistan.
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
has three clearly distinguishable seasons: cool (autumn to winter, October through
February), hot/dry (spring, March to June) and hot/wet (summer, July to September).
There are, however, big regional variations. The capital Islamabad is hot and
humid in summer. Temperatures generally exceed mid-30's from May to August and
reach between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius for a few weeks in June/July. Winter temperatures
in the capital average 2 to 10 degrees Celsius.
For up-to-date weather information
monetary unit is the Pakistan Rupee (not to be confused with the Indian Rupee),
abbreviated to Rs. The current rate of exchange is about Rs60 to the US dollar.
The currency is 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 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com
South Africa's main exports to Pakistan include synthetic staple
fibre, hot rolled & flat rolled steel products, stainless steel, iron, chemicals,
newsprint and uncoated craft paper, pig iron, ferro-alloys, scrap metal and preservatives.
Pakistan's main exports to South Africa include woollen fabrics, synthetic staple
fibres and cotton, leather goods, bed and table linen, footwear, cotton yarn and
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and
Pakistan, visit the web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
Groups and Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Pakistan's population?
A: Pakistan has an estimated
140 million people which makes it the seventh most populous country in the world
(following Russia and ahead of Japan).
Q: What is the literacy rate in Pakistan?
Total literacy stands at 37.8% (1995). The literacy rate for females are 24.4%
and for males 50%.
Q: What languages are spoken in Pakistan?
national language is Urdu, but English is commonly used by the Pakistani elite
and most government ministries. Regional languages include Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto
Q: What is Pakistan's main religion?
A: 97% of the population
are Muslim, of which 77% are Sunnis and 20% Shites. Christians, Hindus and other
minority religious groups make up the remaining 3%.