South Africa


Coat of arms: the first element is the motto, in a green semicircle. Completing the semicircle are two symmetrically placed pairs of elephant tusks pointing upwards. Within the oval shape formed by the tusks are two symmetrical ears of wheat, that in turn frame a centrally placed gold shield.

The shape of the shield makes reference to the drum, and contains two human figures from Khoisan rock art. The figures are depicted facing one another in greeting and in unity. Above the shield are a spear and a knobkierie, crossed in a single unit. Immediately above the oval shape of foundation, is the visual centre of the coat of arms, a protea. The petals of the protea are rendered in a triangular pattern reminiscent of the crafts of Africa.

The secretary bird is placed above the protea and the flower forms the chest of the bird. The secretary bird stands with its wings uplifted in a regal and uprising gesture. The distinctive head feathers of the secretary bird crown a strong and vigilant head. The rising sun above the horizon is placed between the wings of the secretary bird and completes the oval shape of ascendance.

Flag: has horizontal bands of red (on the top) and blue (on the bottom), of equal width, separated by a central green band which splits into a horizontal «Y» shape, the arms of which end at the corners of the hoist side (and follow the flag's diagonals). The «Y» embraces a black isosceles triangle from which the arms are separated by narrow yellow bands; the red and blue bands are separated from the green band and its arms by narrow white stripes. 

Three of the colours — black, green and yellow — are found in the flag of the African National Congress. The other three — red, white and blue — are used in the modern flag of the Netherlands and the flag of the United Kingdom; the colours white and blue were also found in the old flag of South Africa.

  • Anthem: the South African national anthem is often referred to by its incipit of «Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika», however this has never been its official title, which is simply «National anthem of South Africa».
  • Official languages: 11 languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda, Southern Ndebele.
  • Geographical location: it is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho.
  • Administrative divisions: South Africa is divided into nine provinces. 
  • Capital: Pretoria.
  • Governance: The Republic of South Africa is a parliamentary representative democratic republic. The President of South Africa serves both as head of state and as head of government. The President is elected by the National Assembly (the lower house of the South African Parliament) and must retain the confidence of the Assembly in order to remain in office.
  • Population54.96 million. 
  • Currency: South African rand.
  • GDP: $314.57 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT +2.
  • Telephone code: +27.
  • Barcode: 600, 601.


Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and South Africa

Belarus mainly exported BelaAZ mining dump trucks, potassic fertilizers, super giant tyres, instruments and apparatus, optical apparatus to RSA in 2013 and 2014, potassic fertilizers, tyres and spare parts — in 2015.

The Republic of South Africa exports fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, tobacco, wines, cosmetics and cane sugar to Belarus.

Dynamics of trade between Belarus and RSA (in thousand U.S. dollars)




































January — October 2016





RSA's economic performance:

  • GDP per capita: $6 618;
  • Exports: $81.8 billion;
  • Imports: $84.5 billion;
  • Inflation: 4.6%;
  • Unemployment: 25.9%.

RSA's most valuable export products:

  • Mineral raw materials;
  • Precious stones;
  • Precious metals;
  • Fruits.

RSA's most valuable import products:

  • Machinery and equipment;
  • Chemicals;
  • Processed petroleum oils.


This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of South Africa, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in the Republic of South Africa for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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