South Africa

South Africa Economic Outlook

  • GDP growth declined from 1.5% in 2014 to 1.3% in 2015, and is expected to weaken further to 0.7% in 2016. Electricity shortages, low commodity prices and low consumer and business confidence continue to restrain the growth of economic activity.
  • Slow progress in delivering economic and social services in townships and rural areas remains one of the major challenges to government.
  •  South African cities are dynamic poles of socio-economic activity facing high inequality and environmental risks.

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Key Facts

Capital: Pretoria
Area: 1,221,000 sq km
Total Population 2017: 55.4 Million
Urban Population 2017: 73.50%
Female Population 2017: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 276.1 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 6,050
Inflation Rate: 6.09%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 19.90%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 119
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.666
Membership Date: 13/12/1995
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 4.3 Billion

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Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office

African Development Bank Group
339 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78
Centurion, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 003 6900

Ms. Tonia KANDIERO, Director General