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South Africa established diplomatic relations with
St Lucia on 12 December 1996. The island hosted the July 1998 CARICOM Heads of
Government Summit, to which former President Mandela was invited. The South African
President was given a hero's welcome.
On 29 March 1999, South Africa's first
non-resident High Commissioner, Ms T Luthuli-Qcabashe, presented her credentials
in Castries, at which time the potential of South African companies in the island's
tourism construction was mentioned, as well as the prospect for cooperation in
adult literacy programmes and cricket development in South Africa. Figures for
trade with South Africa are minimal and are not reflected in official trade statistics
- less than US$ 1 million. High Commissioner TH Chiliza presented letters of Credence
to the Deputy Governor General, H E Mr Victor Gerard on 3 May 2001. In March 2003,
the Government of St Lucia nominated two officials to attend the Commonwealth
Local Government Conference in Pretoria.
South African Representation in Saint Lucia
Time difference: -7 hours
Lucia Representation in South Africa
Visa Requirements for South Africans
For further information
go to: Visa
info on Saint Lucia.
Tetanus - immunisation recommended.
further information go to Travelers' Health.
Tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds; rainy season
from May to August.
For up-to-date weather information click here.
The monetary unit is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD).
For up-to-date information click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
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 Saint Lucia, visit the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
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