South Africa is located at the southern part of the African continent. It is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south and east, and Atlantic Ocean on the west. From west to east, there are Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, and to the northeast are Mozambique and Swaziland. It is one of the most geographically diverse countries as it contains a lot of different types of physical characteristics like fertile plains, wide open savanna, desert and mountains.
While the lands are very diverse, the greatest attraction of South Africa is its Safari. It possesses the two world’s renowned wildlife reserves, the Kruger and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks. The country has really good infrastructure and like road and rail stations. It has good accommodations and beautiful farmlands which are used often as agriculture is the first typical occupation of many.
South Africa’s climate ranges variously in different regions and environment. There is winter from June to August and summer from November to March. There is more rain from September to April then the other months, so those months are the prime year for gardening.
South Africa and Canada’s relationship started in 1939 due to WWII breaking out. Both the countries are former British colonies and both share many view such as language and sports. Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa was given an honorary Canadian citizenship in 1998 when he came to visit. The Constitution of South Africa was motivated by the constitution of Canada.
Canada always tries to and has successfully assisted South Africa in times of hardship. The first time Canada helped was to stop the apartheid. In November 2006, a bilateral development assistance agreement was signed between the two countries. Since then, more than $200 million was contributed from Canada to help assist South African in times of need. These funds helped reduce HIV/AIDS, allowed citizens to access social services, and had many other benefits.
South Africa’s Trading History
Canadian exports to South Africa have declined over the years to R3 billion in 2011. About two thirds of Canadian imports from South Africa consist of minerals and mining equipment; and the rest being agricultural and chemical products. South Africa is viewed as a gateway into SADC and Africa for Canada. There will continue to be trade between the two countries; however, it is shown that the rate of importing and exporting form one another will be significantly low.
South Africa’s largest trading partner in terms of exporting is China then United States as they exported US $6.81B to China and US $5.47B to the United States. Their largest trading partner in terms of importing is China then Germany as they imported US $12.8B worth of goods from China and US $10B from Germany.
Type of Country:
Some parts of South Africa are developed, much better than some first world countries. Whereas other parts of the country are still developing. This is why South Africa doesn’t fall under one specific type of country; rather it is a mix of both developed and developing. Currency:
South African Rand
used is ZAR before South African currency which stands for Zuid-Afrikaanse
sign: RAND Cent
1 ZAR = 0.10 CAD
GDP per capita for South Africa is 6638.98 CAD as per 2016.