SOUTH AFRICA

Overview

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.

President: Cyril Ramaphosa
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 , English , Zulu , Xhosa , Swati , Tswana , Sotho , Tsonga , Northern Sotho , Venda , Southern Ndebele languag
Currency: South African Rand

In 2017 South Africa exported $108B, making it the 34th largest exporter in the world. During the last five years the exports of South Africa have decreased at an annualized rate of -0.2%, from $116B in 2012 to $108B in 2017. The most recent exports are led by Gold which represent 15.6% of the total exports of South Africa, followed by Diamonds, which account for 9%.
In 2017 South Africa imported $81.9B, making it the 38th largest importer in the world. During the last five years the imports of South Africa have decreased at an annualized rate of -7%, from $118B in 2012 to $81.9B in 2017. The most recent imports are led by Crude Petroleum which represent 7.83% of the total imports of South Africa, followed by Refined Petroleum, which account for 6.06%.

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