Fact Sheet: South Africa - Canada's Priority Market

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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Pretoria
  • Population (millions): 51.2
  • Total area: 1,213,090 km2
  • Currency: Rand
  • Language (s): Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Economic Facts 2012

  • GDP ($ billions): 385.2
  • GDP per capita ($): 7,525
  • GDP growth (%): 2.5
  • Inflation (%): 5.7
  • Unemployment (%): 25.2

Key Opportunities

  • Agriculture and processed food
  • Information and communicaitons technologies
  • Mining
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable technologies

Major Negotiations and Agreements

Support Services

Trade Commissioner Service of Canada

Trade and Investment
Value (in millions of dollars)
 20122007
Canada’s merchandise exports to South Africa$634.1$784.3
Canada’s merchandise imports from South Africa$693.3$1,082.5
Canadian investment in South Africa$3,042$1,473
South African investment in CanadaCommercially sensitive information$1,483