South Africa capital
At the multilateral level, France contributes 12 % (with $55.7 million between 2014 and 2016) to the credits of the global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria dedicated to South Africa ($464.8 million).
With a trade surplus of around €1 billion for France, South Africa constitutes a major partner. Although France’s market share is on a downward trend, it is still significant, at 2.3% of the market, and the country is South Africa’s 4th largest European supplier.
The bilateral relationship also benefits from the presence of more than 300 French companies, including 29 CAC40 companies, which cover almost all industrial and service sectors and fully respect the local rules imposed by the authorities on local presence (e.g. 65% in the transport sector) and positive discrimination (employment, training). In this respect, companies contribute actively to the industrialization of the country, which allows South Africa to progressively increase its level despite structural constraints that remain strong (starting with a weak education system).
Vaccinations to enter South Africa
“To take to the next Council of Ministers an agreement to restrict flights from South Africa and Botswana, and also from other countries, but in principle these two. And we are also going to adopt the requirement for high-risk countries not only to be vaccinated, but also to have an antigen and PCR test”, the minister assured on TVE.
France has suspended Friday flights from Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini (former Swaziland) immediately and for at least 48 hours after the discovery of a new and worrying variant of the coronavirus.
“These measures seek to protect against the arrival of this virus,” said Health Minister Olivier Véran, who recalled that it is a new variant that spreads rapidly but that for the moment there are few cases.
For its part, the Dutch government has also decided this Friday to suspend all flights from southern African countries, although in this case, without detailing the duration of this suspension of air traffic.
South Africa and Maldives
Famous for its wildlife, such as the lions of Kruger National Park, South Africa has coastlines on the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and borders Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland. Travel to South Africa has such broad appeal because there is simply something for every type of traveler within its vast territory.
The country’s tumultuous history has ignited interest around the world, especially the political and social situations of the 20th century, so South Africa is a fascinating place to visit as you can witness the emergence of a new and optimistic vision for the future and learn about the fabric of its diverse society.
Prior to British involvement in South Africa, the Dutch had colonized parts of the country after their arrival in 1652. South Africa was valued, not only for its rich diamond and gold reserves, but also for its important location on the trade route from Europe to Asia.
British and Dutch colonialists, or Boers as they were known, clashed over the territory resulting in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899, a major conflict that resulted in heavy losses for both sides.
Travel to South Africa
After our arrival at the airport we will transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afterwards, we will enjoy a free day at leisure. Take the opportunity to tour Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and visit the Apartheid Museum, an essential visit to learn about the history of South Africa in the 20th century. Then, why not spend some time in one of Jo’burg’s trendy neighborhoods, such as Braamfontein or Newtown? Accommodation.
After breakfast, we will leave behind the wonderful natural world of the Kruger National Park, to embark on the journey to Cape Town. On the way, we will make a panoramic visit to the city of Pretoria, one of the most historic and monumental cities in the country. Pretoria is the city of the jacaranda trees, and we will visit the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park and Melrose Place. Finally, we will transfer to the airport to take a flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in the city, we will go to the hotel, where we will check in. Accommodation.