Special Notice

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all but essential travel to the whole of South Africa based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.

Introduction

Summary

Independent republic in the southern tip of Africa. Member of the Commonwealth.

Cities

Capital: Pretoria (Administrative); Cape Town (Legislative); Bloemfontein (Judicial).

Principal Ports

Cape Town, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth

Population

58.6 million

International Country Code

ZA

Language(s)

English is the predominant business language. Among other principal languages are: Afrikaans, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga and Sepedi.

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