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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Herewith basic information on the Republic of South Africa. Should you require more specific statistics or information, please inform us via the ‘Contact us’ page. The information will be updated on an ongoing basis. We extend our gratitude to the sources cited below.

Size 1 219 090 km2
Capitals Pretoria (administrative) Cape Town (legislative) Bloemfontein (judicial)
Provinces Nine:
Population 57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
Time GMT / UTC +2 hours
Official languages 11 Languages Language First language speakers as % of population
Religion Religious freedom guaranteed by Constitution
Government Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (local, provincial, national) democracy
Next national election 8 May 2019
Judicial system The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is the supreme law of the country
Currency Rand (ZAR) – 100 cents equals one rand
Key economic sectors Mining, transport, energy, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture
Top 5 export destinations China – 11.1%; US – 8.1%; Germany – 6.2%; Japan – 4.8%; Botswana 4.8% (January 2019)
Top 5 import destinations China – 23.1%; Germany – 9.2%; US – 5.7%; India – 4.2%; Saudi Arabia – 3.4% (January 2019)
Human Development Index 119th in world (2017 report) at medium development level
GDP 1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
GDP in US$ Billion 349.3 and 0.6% of the world GDP (WEF Global Competitiveness Index 2017/2018)
Unemployment rate 27.1% (official rate) in the 4th quarter of 2018
Inflation rate
Value-added tax Levied at 15%.
Foreign relations Significant international memberships
Calling code +27
ISO 3166 code ZA
Internet TLD .za
South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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