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Dialing code for South Africa: +27
Official languages: English, Afrikaans and various African
Currency: Rand (1R = 100 cents)
ISO country code: ZA
Business and trade
Links to sites that offer short
profiles of the country in question.
The CIA World Factbook is one of the
more popular sources of information on countries available
on the Internet. It is certainly one of the more comprehensive
sources in terms of the number of countries covered and
each country web page provides general information on the
country's history, economy and culture, etc.
Flags country snapshot
This site is about country flags,
but it also provides a very convenient "snapshot" of the
country's vital information! It is worth a look if you
want a very quick view of the core facts about the country.
This site provides one of the
better country factsheets. Also worth a visit if you just
want to get to grips with the basics.
Links to sites that provide more
detailed information and background on the countries in question.
Mbendi provides an broad analysis
of countries around the world.
of Congress country studies
The Library of Congress is one
of the major online sources of research and information
in the US and provides a fairly comprehensive country studies
covering a whole host of topics, including the economy
, trade, industry and business. This is one of the more
comprehensive sources of information and should serve as
one of your first ports of call.
Economist country briefing
The Economist provides a more
economic view of the country, but also includes recent
economic, political and other news, economic data, a short
history as well as a poltical overview. The Economist is
a respected source of information and is an essential port
of call in your secondary research efforts.
The BBC provides an overview
of the country, covering the following headings; overview,
facts, leaders, and media view. The focus is more on
"newsy" and political items rather than on hard economic
information. Nevertheless, the information is concise and
up-to-date. This is a good site to get an overall feel
of what is happening in the country currently.
profile from NationsOnline
This site provides a gateway
of links to other sites covering topics such as government,
news, business, culture, education, etc. It is more focused
on cultural, poltical and related information, rather than
on economic or trade matters. It is worth a visit if you
are trying to get a broader perspective of the country.
Bank country profiles
The World Bank provides a range
of information and data on the country, including a country
briefing, data and statistics, news and events, publications
and reports, programmes and projects, and links to related
information. There is some interesting information on this
site, but the focus is a World Bank one covering developmental
and assistance matters. It remains worth a visit.
Links to sites that provide statistical
data on the country in question.
Offers information on the economic, financial and social
situation in South Africa.
Trade Organisations trade statistics
The WTO provides a wide range
of trade statistics on most countries of the world. This
link takes you to the start page where you will need to
select the country(ies) that you wish to obtain trade statistics
on. It is definitely a good site to visit.
Trade Map is an online trade
statistics resource - perhaps the most comprehensive available,
as the site enables you to research the trade partterns
of single countries, as well as between countries and regions
in some depth. This site requires registration, however,
and the site is not easy to use and will take some effort
to learn to navigate and to use on your part. Nevertheless,
the statistics available from this site are without equal.
InfoNation is a UN website aimed
at the learning community, but that provides a very useful
facility whereby you can access a range of statistics about
different countries and regions. It is also possible to
compare the statistics from five different countries, which
is a useful feature. It is not the easiest site to navigate,
however, and you will need to spend a little time on the
site in order to become familiar with it.
Bank - World Development indicators
The site links to a database
of a wide range of development indicators, from GDP to
energy figures. You need to select the country and indicators
you are interested in, but it is an excellent source of
up-to-date information. This is worth a look.
Monetary Fund - World Economic Outlook database
The site links to the World
Economic Outlook database, a comprehensive database covering
a wide range of economic and development data. The site
requires you to select the country you want to investigate
as well as the data that you want to view and when you
are finished, it provides you with a printable report covering
all the information you have selected. It is also possible
to compare countries. Although the site requires some effort,
it is an invaluable source of information.
BUSINESS AND TRADE
Links to business, trade and industry
Customs tariff - BITD
South African customs tariff - 2008. Downloadable pdf document
risk assessment from Ducroire | Delcrede SA.NV Credit Insurance
Charts of risk levels for political
and commercial risks for export transactions and direct
of Trade and Industry
Gives information on starting and growing
your business as well as exporting in South Africa.
This site provides a country analysis
from an energy perspective.
African Reserve Bank
Gives information on the currency, legislation
and monetary policy in South Africa.
African Chamber of Business
Offers information on trade, tax, policies
and relevant documentation.
Provides information on the tax policy,
financial intelligence centre and bank bills.
A listing of banks in the country
provided by Qualisteam.
A comprehensive list of freight
forwarders provided by Freight Net.
A comprehensive list of local
Chambers of Commerce.provided by the World Chambers Network.
This link will take you to a search page. Enter the country
name to get a listing of Chambers in that country.
Focus telephone directories
Export focus provides links to
local telephone directories for the country.
Links to news, newspapers and other
News provided by the World Bank
with a focus on economic and trade issues.
News on the country by the Washington
A timeline of key events in the
A comprehensive list of local
newspapers in the country. Also try this link to newspapers
provided by ExportFocus
This site provides a host of
links to local and international news providers that cover
the country in question.
This site provides a number of
links to news sources on this country.
Maintained by Standford University
Library, this site provides quite a comprehensive list
of links to news sources on this country.
Another site providing links
to news sources from around the world.
Links to government information
The offical South African Government
A listing of government information
on the country, provided by the University of Michigan.
of Foreign Affairs
Provides information on foreign policies
and relations, news and SA missions.
Links to various industry sectors
A listing of industry-based market
reports undertaken on the country by Canada's Strategis.
REFERENCE (maps, currency,
Links to reference information
A broad map of the country provided
by Columbus Guides. Also visit Xpeditions
for alternative country maps - great for printing.
Current local time in South Africa.
World time zone map.
The site depicts the country's
flag and other national symbols. Also visit World
Flag Database and World
Flags for more information .
A short list of country facts
and statistics, including holidays (at the end of the list).
Compare the local currency against
other world currencies.
Prepare yourself for the latest
weather in the country - provided by Wunderground. Click
on the city for more detailed information.
Links to travel information for
the business person
Traveling to South Africa? Find out how to make the most of your trip with this handy travel guide from Travelstart South Africa.
Provides all information about SA and
State Department consular brief
Although aimed at US citizens,
these consular briefings are also useful for SA travellers.
Travel advisories provided by
the Australian Government.
and Commonwealth Office
Travel advisories provided by
the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Lonely Planet's guide to the
National Geographics travel site
for planning and booking trips througout the world.
Another tavel profile for the