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Canada-South Africa fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of South Africa

General Information

Capital: Tshwane (Pretoria)
Population (million): 60.14
Total Area: 1,221,038km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 10.87 Rands (ZAR) (2021- 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 and Competition: Ebrahim Patel
Finance: Enoch Godongwana

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 (2021)

Comparative figures
Type South Africa Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 529.32 2,520.82
GDP per capita: ($) 8,801.06 65,944.96
GDP growth rate: (%) 4.92 4.56
Inflation: (%) 4.54 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 34.2 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $383,608,624
Canadian imports from country: $1,676,989,069
FDI in Canada: $860 million
CDI in the country: $506 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Rieaz (Moe) Shaik

Canadian Representation Abroad:
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
2017 $354,398,174 $919,074,531
2018 $410,764,521 $954,674,297
2019 $354,823,861 $1,025,272,407
2020 $313,556,974 $1,909,246,537
2021 $383,608,624 $1,676,989,069
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - South Africa
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $24,489,731 $652,641
02 Veg. Prod. $32,527,928 $249,387,601
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $645,228 $1,309,250
04 Food Prod. $15,159,058 $71,862,213
05 Mineral Prod. $14,988,836 $30,272,442
06 Chemical Prod. $57,697,985 $102,751,878
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $4,735,506 $10,423,289
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $64,851 $786,262
09 Wood Prod. $523,230 $659,680
10 Paper Prod. $3,462,613 $392,629
11 Textiles Prod. $1,585,853 $2,986,468
12 Dress Access. $101,957 $140,367
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $653,448 $1,663,833
14 Precious Metals/stones $9,295,218 $960,461,830
15 Base Metal Prod. $20,406,386 $98,322,444
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $149,532,006 $65,202,054
17 Vehicles and Equip. $21,302,518 $67,209,416
18 Specialized Inst. $17,385,157 $7,073,810
19 Arms & Ammunition $879,276 $16,277
20 Misc. Articles $1,945,491 $1,794,419
21 Antiques $546,175 $1,468,502


May 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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