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SOUTH AFRICA

Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg. Kwazulu Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins..

Country Details

President: Jacob Zuma

Area: 1,219,912 km²

Capital: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein

Continent: Africa

Population: 54,982,066 (July 2016)

Government Type: Constitutional republic, Parliamentary republic

Official Language: Afrikaans Language, English Language, Zulu Language, Xhosa Language, Swati Language, Tswana Language, Sotho language, Tsonga Language, Northern Sotho language, Venda Language, Southern Ndebele languag

Currency: South African Rand

Seasons

  • Maximum Temperature: 23.3 ºC and an average annual maximum temperature of 35.0 ºC.
  • Minimum Temperature: South Africa at Buffelsfontein near Molteno (Eastern Cape) measuring -18.6 ºC

Trade

IMPORT

Imports in South Africa increased to 91298 ZAR Million in January of 2015 from 80603 ZAR Million in December of 2014. Imports in South Africa averaged 13522.96 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 110321.85 ZAR Million in October of 2014 and a record low of 66.10 ZAR Million in September of 1961. Imports in South Africa is reported by the South African Revenue Service.

South Africa main imports are: fuel (24 percent of total imports), nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (14 percent), motor vehicles and car parts (9 percent), telephone sets (3 percent), pharmaceuticals (2 percent), vegetables (2 percent) and live animals and animal products (1 percent). Main trading partners are China (15 percent), Germany (10 percent), Saudi Arabia (8 percent), the United States (6 percent), India (5 percent) and Nigeria (4 percent). Others include the United Kingdom, Brazil and Angola.

EXPORT

Exports in South Africa decreased to 67083 ZAR Million in January of 2015 from 87269 ZAR Million in December of 2014. Exports in South Africa averaged 13074.81 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 90629.29 ZAR Million in September of 2014 and a record low of 55.80 ZAR Million in August of 1958. Exports in South Africa is reported by the South African Revenue Service.

South Africa is rich in mineral resources and is the world’s biggest exporter of chromium and platinum (9 percent of total exports) and the second largest exporter of manganese (9 percent). Other exports include: iron ores (14 percent), motor vehicles and car parts (9 percent), machinery and mechanical appliances (7 percent), gold (7 percent), coal (6 percent) and diamonds (2 percent). Main export partners are: China (13 percent of total exports), the United States (8 percent), Japan (7 percent), Botswana (5 percent) and Germany (5 percent).

TRAVEL

Destinations

  • Garden Route
  • Astern Cape
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Mpumalanga
  • Limpopo
  • Johannesburg
  • North West Province
  • Free State
  • Northern Cape

Travel Guide

With golden beaches, jagged mountains and national parks overflowing with wildlife, South Africa is the Africa you’ve always imagined. While memories of a troubled past remain, the republic is well on the way to regaining its throne as the holiday capital of Africa, visited by nearly 10 million people every year.

Topping a long list of attractions is the republic’s spectacular wildlife and natural scenery. National parks and nature reserves preserve an incredible variety of landscapes – rolling plains, towering mountains, arid deserts, coastal fynbos (shrubland) and pure blue oceans – home to an incredible variety of wildlife, from lions and elephants to great white sharks and playful penguins.