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History of Relations
the period of Socialist rule in Spain the Felipe Gonzalez Government played an
active part in the international arena against apartheid, and political contact
between Spain and South Africa was strained. The birth of democracy in South Africa
has opened the way for unprecedented opportunities in our bilateral relations,
in all areas of mutual interest.
There is a remarkable resemblance between
Spain's democratisation process, economic empowerment, social development programmes
and constitutional reform following the post-Franco era, and that which post-apartheid
South Africa is experiencing today. Our aim is now to create an awareness of our
common goals and to initiate an active dialogue between our two countries. Technology
transfer, joint ventures and direct investment opportunities are prioritised in
terms of bilateral contact.
King Juan Carlos of Spain visited South Africa
from 14 to 19 February 1999 at the invitation of President Mandela.
respective Spanish Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs visited South Africa in
1999 and 2000. A Memorandum of Understanding on Consultation was signed in December
2000. Minister Ngubane visited Spain in 2000 and 2001. Deputy Minister A Pahad
paid an Official Visit to Spain in June 2003.
Ministers E Pahad and B Ngubane
visited Spain in 2002 and in 2003 respectively.
South African Representation in Spain
Mr L S Ngonyama
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Time difference with South Africa :
- September : None
Winter/October - March : - 1 hour
in South Africa
H.E Mr Carlos Enrique Fernandez -Arias Minuesa
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Kingdom of Spain
Visa requirements for South Africa
For more information
contact the Spanish Embassy's visa section.
further information go to Travelers' Health.
has a climate of very short summers with scorching heat and long cold winters
as well as low rainfall. Madrid resorts within this area and experiences temperatures
that can vary from day to day. The winters are cold, but temperatures never remain
below freezing for long and in summer the temperatures are hot (35 degrees) and
rise to very hot (48 degrees). The provinces in the north experience a humid climate
with high rainfall and lush vegetation. The east and south have a typical very
hot Mediterranean climate. The islands have a temperate climate throughout the
For up-to-date weather information click here
unit of Spain has been changed from Peseta to Euro effective from 1 January 2002,
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
Spanish investment to South Africa has increased substantially,
notably a 50% equity stake in the Platinum N4 Toll Road project, as well as the
Acerinox / Columbus investment (Euro 232m stake in Columbus).
information on trade statistics between South Africa and Spain, visit the web
site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa.
Groups and Information