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South Africa is a middle-income, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; a stock exchange that is 18th largest in the world; and modern infrastructure supporting an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region. At the end of 2007, South Africa began to experience an electricity crisis. State power supplier Eskom encountered problems with aged plants, necessitating "load-shedding" cuts to residents and businesses in the major cities. Growth was robust from 2004 to 2008 as South Afri...  More..

Economy of South Africa
SOURCE: CIA - The World Factbook
Currency Rand
Fiscal Year 01 April - 31 March
GDP (PPP) $495.1 billion (2009 est.)
GDP (per capita) $10,100 (2009 est.)
Exports $67.93 billion (2009 est.)
Imports $70.24 billion (2009 est.)
Main Industries Mining (World's Largest Producer Of Platinum, Gold, Chromium), Automobile Assembly, Metalworking, Machinery, Textiles, Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Fertilizer, Foodstuffs, Commercial Ship Repair
Exports - Commodities Gold, Diamonds, Platinum, Other Metals and Minerals, Machinery and Equipment
Imports - Commodities Machinery and Equipment, Chemicals, Petroleum Products, Scientific Instruments, Foodstuffs
Exports Partners Japan 11.1%, US 11.1%, Germany 8%, UK 6.8%, China 6%, Netherlands 5.2% (2008)
Imports Partners Germany 11.2%, China 11%, US 7.8%, Saudi Arabia 6.2%, Japan 5.5% (2008)

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