South Africa

General information

Capital: Pretoria

Currency unit: South African rand

Official language: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, Pedi, Sesotho (Sotho), siSwati (Swazi), Xitsonga (Tsonga), Tswana, Tshivenda (Venda), isiXhosa, isiZulu

Area: 1,219,090 km²

Population in million: 56.7 

GDP per capita (current US dollars): 6,161 

GDP per capita, PPP (current international $): 13,498 


Labor force participation rate (% of total population ages 15+): 54.7 

Annual growth rate of the population: 1.2 %

Mortality rate, infant (per 1,000 live births): 28.8 %

Life expectancy at birth: 62.8 ans

Youth literacy rate Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24): 95 %


Gross domestic product (GDP) in billions of US dollars: 349.00 

Agriculture value added of GDP: 2.3 

Industry value added of GDP: 25.9 

Services value added of GDP: 61.5 


Total exports in billions of US dollars: 103.90 

Total imports in billions of US dollars: 76.97 

Major manufactured products (as % of total exports) :
Diamonds (8.20 %)
Ferro-alloys (4.35 %)
Motor cars and other motor vehicles (4.34 %)
Motor vehicles for the transport of goods (2.07 %)
Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles (0.87 %)

Weight of major primary products excluding minerals and oil (as % of total exports) :
Citrus fruit (1.22 %)
Wine of fresh grapes (0.87 %)
Grapes (0.78 %)
Chemical wood pulp (0.64 %)
Apples, pears and quinces (0.59 %)

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              Middle class size (% of the population)

              South Africa: 67
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              2011South Africa
              Middle class size (% of the population)67