General information about South Africa
Republic of South Africa
1,219,090 square km
50,59 m (mid 2011 estimate by Statistics South Africa)
Cape Town (Legislative)
Head of State
President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
11 Official languages
English is widely spoken
Predominantly Christian. Freedom of worship is guaranteed by the Constitution
Form of State
Broadly federal, comprising a central government and nine provincial governments
Based on Roman Dutch and English Law and the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Bicameral parliament, elected every five years, comprising a 400-seat National Assembly and a 90-seat Council of Provinces
List-system with proportional representation based on universal adult suffrage
South African Public Holidays
Fixed: 1 January, 21 March, 5 April, 27 April, 1 May, 16 June, 9 August, 24 September, 16, 25 and 26 December
Variable: Good Friday and Easter Monday
International dialing code
GMT + 2 hrs
Rands and Cents: R1 = 100 cents. International symbol: ZAR.
€1=R10,0643 (average in 2011)
US $ 363 910 425 628 (current US$ in 2010)
US $ 528 423 000 000 (PPP)
GDP per Capita
US $ 5 7280 (current US $ in 2010)
US $ 10 565 (PPP in 2010)
Real GDP Growth
Real GDP at market prices increased by 2,8% during 2010.
Official Inflation Rate
The consumer price index in May 2012 compared with that in May 2011 was 5,7%
Main Export Products (2011)
Precious stones and metals, coal, various other minerals, motor vehicles and components, machinery and equipment, iron and steel, food products
Main Import Products (2011)
Petroleum products, machinery, electric apparatus, motor vehicles and components, chemicals and related products, other manufactured products
Main Trading Partners (2011)
China, Germany, USA, Japan, United Kingdom, India.
Trade with the EU
If the EU is taken as a common customs territory, it represents SA’s biggest trading partner, accounting for 26% of the value of South Africa’s trade flows in 2011.
Trade with Belgium and Luxembourg