United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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

Since the establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910, South Africa has had a High Commission in London and in 1961 when South Africa became a Republic this was changed to an Embassy. In 1994 after South Africa re-entered the Commonwealth, the Embassy became a High Commission once again.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

H E Ms N P G O Tambo
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Representation in South Africa

H E Mr A J Phillipson
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

British High Commission

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the British High Commission in Pretoria.

Health Requirements

Please contact the British High Commission tel 012-4831400

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

The climate is generally mild and temperate. Prevailing winds are south-westerly and the weather from day to day is mainly influenced by depressions moving eastwards across the Atlantic. The weather is subject to frequent changes. In general, there are few extremes of temperature, which rarely rises above 32 degrees Celsius or falls below -10 degrees Celsius. March to June are the driest months and September to January the wettest.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the British Pound (GBP).

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 of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

Over 50% of total South African exports to the United Kingdom are either precious metals or "unclassified goods". The United Kingdom remains South Africa's most important export market not only for fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products but also for manufactured, value added exports such as clothing, automotive equipment, wine, furniture and a host of other products.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

         South African Business Club

         South African Society

         Friends of South Africa

         Action Southern Africa

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