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Canada-South Africa fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of South Africa

General Information

Capital: Tshwane (Pretoria)
Population (million): 58.82
Total Area: 1,221,038km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 10.87 Rands (ZAR) (2019- Annual average)
National Holiday: 27 April, Freedom Day
Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu

Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary Republic

Type of Government:
Executive: President elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Legislative: Bicameral Parliament – National Assembly (400 members) and National Council of Provinces (90 members).

Head of State:
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Head of Government:
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ministers:
International Relations and Cooperation: Naledi Pandor
Trade & Industry: Ebrahim Patel
Finance: Tito Titus Mboweni

Main Political Parties:
African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), National Freedom Party (NFP), United Democratic Movement (UDM), Freedom Front Plus (FFP), Congress of the People (COPE).

Elections:
Last: 2019 (legislative-lower and upper house). Next: 2024 (legislative-lower and upper house).

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type South Africa Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 472.16 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 8,026.78 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.15 1.64
Inflation: (%) 4.13 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 28.7 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $354,823,862
Canadian imports from country: $1,027,171,062
FDI in Canada: $2,010 million
CDI in the country: $859 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Acting High Commissioner Chris Cooter

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - South Africa
Year Exports Imports
2015 $622,681,389 $880,107,349
2016 $468,814,189 $852,067,473
2017 $354,398,174 $919,074,531
2018 $410,764,521 $954,684,239
2019 $354,823,862 $1,027,171,062
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - South Africa
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $20,963,761 $255,839
02 Veg. Prod. $21,800,390 $210,026,529
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $20,199 $778,356
04 Food Prod. $11,122,694 $64,823,535
05 Mineral Prod. $7,261,107 $31,474,447
06 Chemical Prod. $48,819,041 $81,692,985
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $8,112,959 $6,805,493
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $171,379 $716,605
09 Wood Prod. $99,107 $268,016
10 Paper Prod. $2,597,707 $410,727
11 Textiles Prod. $5,920,690 $2,517,250
12 Dress Access. $211,285 $229,582
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $758,888 $2,270,805
14 Precious Metals/stones $2,472,385 $460,398,100
15 Base Metal Prod. $23,285,645 $65,333,784
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $134,004,350 $78,612,651
17 Vehicles and Equip. $38,524,883 $12,081,746
18 Specialized Inst. $20,615,371 $5,925,593
19 Arms & Ammunition $773,566 $270,354
20 Misc. Articles $2,022,909 $2,057,346
21 Antiques $38,515 $1,669,720


November 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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