President = Jacob ZumaThe Republic of South Africa is aconstitutional democracy with afederally-structured, three-tier systemof government and an independentjudiciary, operating in a nearly uniquesystem that combines aspects ofparliamentary and presidentialsystems
Area: 1.2 million sq. km. (470,462 sq. mi.). Cities: Capitals--administrative, Pretoria; legislative, Cape Town; judicial, Bloemfontein. Other cities--Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth.Terrain: Plateau, savanna, desert, mountains, coastal plains.Climate: moderate; comparable to southern California. Religions: Predominantly Christian; traditional African, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish.
35,000 30,000 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0More Africans arekilled in oneyear, than all thosekilled in ten years ofwar in Afghanistan!
South Africa is believed tohave the largest HIV/AIDSepidemic in the world, withalmost six million peopleestimated to be living with thedisease.President Zuma, in a speechon December 1, 2009, WorldAIDS Day, announced anationwide campaign toencourage all South Africansto be tested for HIV andpledged to provide treatmentfor all infants under one yearwho test positive for HIV byApril 2010.
In 2010, South Africa successfully hostedthe largest event ever held on the Africancontinent, the FIFA World Cup, aninternational football (soccer) competition.It was attended by over three million peopleand drew over 300,000 tourists. SouthAfrica defied many expectations during theevent—six new stadiums were finished ontime, crime was low. Americans boughtmore tickets to the event than any othernationality. The games were a point ofpride, not only to South Africans, but tomany across Africa.
South Africa customs Prohibited• Narcotics and other controlled substances • Pornography • Weaponry, explosives and fireworks etc. • Poisonous chemical and biological substances and other healthendangering substances • Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2 kilogram per 1000 units • Counterfeit goods • Goods breaking copyrights laws • Prison-made and penitentiary-made goods Restricted• Local currency of over 10 000,- gold coins, coin and stamp collectionsand unprocessed gold need to be declared. • Endangered species of plants or wildlife, whether alive ordead, including any parts of and articles made from them will needpermit from CITES. • Plants and products thereof (honey, margarine and vegetableoils, seeds etc.) • Animals and products thereof (dairy products, butter, eggs) Medicines for personal use need to be accompanied by the prescription
Free Imports 200 cigarettes• 20 of cigars• 250g of tobacco• 50ml of perfume• 250ml of eau de toilette• 2L of wine• 1l of spirits• Goods for personal use.• Travelers may be asked to pay deposit on expensive items like laptops, which is refunded to you when the item is re- exported. Residents who are coming back to the country are advised to register their personal items (jewelry, watches, cameras, laptops etc.) before leaving the country to avoid paying duty on these items when re- importing them.
- South Africa is a member of the World TradeOrganization (WTO).- South Africa is also an eligible country for the benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and most of its products can enter the United States market duty free.- South Africa has done away with most import permits except on used products and products regulated by international treaties.- In July 1996, the United States and South Africa signed an investment fund protocol for a $120 million OPIC fund to make equity investments in South Africa and southern Africa. –- The Trade and Development Agency also has been actively involved in funding feasibility studies and identifying investment opportunities in South Africa for U.S. businesses.- The United States government considers South Africa to be one of its strategic partners on the continent, and the two countries commenced a new Strategic Dialogue in 2010, with the encouragement of the U.S. Congress.