Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Relations were established in 1949.

South Africa and the People's Republic of China agreed in June 1997 on the maintenance of the Consulate-General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China until and beyond the establishment of formal diplomatic relations on 1 January 1998.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Ms N G P O Tambo
Consul-General

South African Consulate-General

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Representation in South Africa

1. Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Tel 011 322 4898

Fax 011 322 4899

e-mail johannesburg.consultant@tdc.org.hk

Website www.tdc.org.hk

2. Official representation falls under the auspices of the various diplomatic offices of the People's Republic of China

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in South Africa.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against the following is recommended:

typhoid,

hepatitis A and B,

diphtheria and

tuberculosis

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Generally speaking, the climate in Hong Kong is warm and humid. The hottest months are from June to September. There can also be quite heavy rainfall. Although typhoons can be pretty severe, Hong Kong tends not to suffer from direct hits or "Typhoon 10" signals very often.

Whilst Hong Kong is a sub-tropical location, the winters are chilly, especially when you consider that most buildings are designed to keep heat out and are not heated in winter. The winter is at its coldest from December to February.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar and is freely convertible to other monetary units. Its value in terms of South African Rand fluctuates according to market conditions. The rate of exchange is approximately HK$0.96 = 1R. Any currency may be brought into the territory.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0872/0837.

Trade Information

For more detailed information, please refer to the Hong Kong Information Services web site.

(South Africa ranged Hong Kong's No. 32 trade partners in 2002)

South Africa's main exports, as at the end of 1998, to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region include iron and steel, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones, fruit and nuts - fresh or dried (not including oil nuts), aluminium and non-ferrous base metal waste and scrap.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's main exports to South Africa include watches and clocks, textile yarn, fabrics and related products, parts and accessories of office machines/computers, telecommunications equipment and polymers of styrene in primary forms.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information

South African Business Forum

Chairman Mr. Nills Flatten

Secretary Ms S M Maleka

Tel: 09 852 2862 7723

09 852 2577 3279

Fax: 09 852 2845 3415

09 852 2577 4532

Southern African Association in Hong Kong

Chairman Mr. Tim Tane

Tel 09 852 2813 6009

E-mail: tthane@netvigator.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. How does the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region operate as a territory of the People's Republic of China? What exactly does "One Country Two Systems" mean?

Hong Kong was returned to the PRC on 1 July 1997, previously being a colony of Britain. As a result of this, Hong Kong became known as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. In practical terms, the PRC is in control of all military and foreign relations (state to state) and issues which could impact on the security and sovereignty of the PRC. However, all matters pertaining to the legal system (including the rule of law), monetary control, customs union, freedom of the press, education, trade, cultural, technology matters etc. remain the domain of the Government of the HKSAR led by The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa.

For more detailed information, please refer to the internet site detailing the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the PRC.

 

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