विदेश मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

 9वाँ विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन
जोहान्सबर्ग (दक्षिण अफ्रीका)
22-24 सितम्बर, 2012 

Ninth World Hindi Conference
Johannesburg [South Africa]
22-24 September, 2012


 

INFORMATION BROCHURE

 

            The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India with the support of Hindi Shiksha Sangh, South Africa and other stakeholders is organizing the Ninth World Hindi Conference [WHC] in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22-24 September, 2012.  The Conference will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, 2nd Floor, Maude Street, Sandton-2196, Johannesburg, South Africa.  

 

The tradition of the World Hindi Conferences began with the first conference having been organized in Nagpur in the year 1975.  Since then, these conferences have achieved a global profile and momentum of their own.  The subsequent eight World Hindi Conferences were organized in different world cities, namely, twice in Port Louis (Mauritius), twice in India, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), London (UK), Paramaribo (Suriname) and New York (USA).   All these conferences have always attracted a galaxy of renowned scholars and followers of Hindi.  In keeping with this growing reach and popularity of this event, the Government has decided to organize the next conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, which would also be an apt recognition of India’s historic, close and growing ties with the whole of the African continent.  South Africa also carries the profound memories of Mahatma Gandhi’s association with that region.

 

The 9th World Hindi Conference would deliberate on a series of traditional and contemporary themes related with both classical and modern aspects of Hindi.  The theme of the conference this year will be “Bhasha ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka Vaishvik Sandarbh”.  The conference would also have nine academic sessions on such subjects as Mahatma Gandhi’s linguistic vision; Hindi and modern technology; role of Indian epics in propagation of Hindi; contribution of foreign scholars in dissemination of Hindi; Mass media and Hindi, etc.

 

            The last eight World Hindi Conferences have been held at the following places:

 

First WHC  - Nagpur [India]  :  10-12 January, 1975

Second WHC - Mauritius  :  28-30 August, 1976

Third WHC - New Delhi [India] :  28-30 October, 1983

Fourth WHC - Mauritius :  2-4 December, 1993

Fifth WHC - Port of Spain [Trinidad & Tobago] : 4-8 April, 1996

Sixth WHC - London [UK] : 14-18 September, 1999

Seventh WHC - Paramaribo [Suriname] : 6-9 June, 2003

Eighth WHC - New York [USA] : 13-15 July, 2007

 

The themes of the previous eight WHCs were as follows:

First to Fourth WHC          :           Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam

Fifth WHC                             :           Apravaasi Bharateeya Aur Hindi

Sixth WHC                            :           Hindi Aur Bhavee Peerhee

Seventh WHC                      :           Vishwa Hindi : Nai Shatabdi Ki Chunoutiyan

Eighth WHC                         :           Vishwa Manch Par Hindi

 

            The Ninth World Hindi Conference at Johannesburg is being organized with the approval of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and a Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Preneet Kaur has been set up to guide and oversee the organizational process.  On the South African side also, an Organizing Committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of H.E. the High Commissioner of India in Pretoria Shri Virendra Gupta.  The Committee in South Africa has members from a whole range of local organizations and institutions involved in the promotion and propagation of Hindi, and they are being closely assisted by the Consulate General of India and the Indian Cultural Centre in Johannesburg in this endeavour. 

 

Important Contacts and Coordinates:

In India   

 

1.     Smt. Suniti Sharma

Deputy Secretary (Hindi)

Ministry of External Affairs

Room No.235 N

South Block

New Delhi-110011

Tel : 00-91-11-23013889

Fax: 00-91-11-23010393

E.Mail : dshindi[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

 

 

2.     Shri Anand Kumar

Dy. Director (OL)

Ministry of External Affairs

Room No.235 P

South Block

New Delhi-110011

Tel : 00-91-11-23794437

Fax: 00-91-11-23010393

E-Mail: ddol1[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in  

 

 

3.     Shri Binod Kumar

Astt. Director (Hindi)

Ministry of External Affairs

Room No.235 P

South Block

New Delhi-110011

Tel : 00-91-11-23794437

Fax: 00-91-11-23010393

E.Mail : ddol2[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

             asstdirhindi[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

             

 

            In South Africa

 

1.     H.E. Shri Virendra Gupta

High Commissioner of India

852 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083

Pretoria

Tel : 00-27-12-3425397

            Fax : 00-27-12-3425310

            E.Mail : indiahc[at]hicomind[dot]co[dot]za

 

2.     Shri T. Armstrong Changsan

Deputy High Commissioner of India

 852 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083

Pretoria

Tel : 00-27-12-3427597

            Fax : 00-27-12-3425310

            E.Mail : dhc[at]hicomind[dot]co[dot]za

 

3.  Acting Consul General

            Consulate General of India

            1 Eton Road (corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road)

            Parktown 2193

      Johannesburg

            Tel: 00-27-11-4828484/5/6

      Email: cg[at]indoconjoburg[dot]co[dot]za

         hoc[at]indoconjoburg[dot]co[dot]za

 

4.  Director

      Indian Cultural Centre

      Johannesburg

      Tel  :  00-27-114473321

      E.Mail : diricc[at]gmail[dot]com

                 

 

Registration

All participants will require to register themselves either online or by sending their registration forms to the Hindi Section, Ministry of External Affairs, Room No.235P, South Block, New Delhi, India or to Head of Chancery, High Commission of India, 852 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria, South Africa, P.O. Box No.40216, Arcadia 0007, Pretoria, South Africa.   The last date for registration is 10 September, 2012.

 

A. Procedure for online registration:

A1. Participants from India

The participants can register online through the WHC website www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in.  Please fill up all details and submit.  On submission, the participants would be automatically allotted a unique registration number.  Once the registration number has been generated, the registration form may be printed and sent to Hindi Section, Ministry of External Affairs, Room No.235P, South Block, New Delhi, India along with a Demand Draft in favour of Pay and Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi for an amount of Rs.5000/- (Rs.2500/-  for students upto age of 23 years).  On receipt of all the details in the Ministry of External Affairs, a confirmation of registration shall be sent to the participants through the email ids listed by them.   

 

A2. Participants from South Africa:

The participants can register online through the WHC website www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in.  Please fill up all details and submit.  On submission, the participants would be automatically allotted a unique registration number.  Once the registration number has been generated, the registration form may be printed and sent to Head of Chancery, High Commission of India, 852 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria, South Africa, P.O. Box No.40216, Arcadia 0007, Pretoria, South Africa.   Applicants may pay registration fee* either in cash or into the account of the Indian High Commission in Pretoria  and submit a proof of this payment along with the copy of the registration form.  The registration fee for applicants from South Africa would be US$100/- or equivalent in the local currency at the official rate of exchange (US$50/- or equivalent in the local currency for students upto the age of 23 years). 

 

A3. Participants from other countries:

 

The participants can register online through the WHC website www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in.  Please fill up all details and submit.  On submission, the participants would be automatically allotted a unique registration number.  Once the registration number has been generated, the registration form may be printed, scanned and emailed/posted to the Hindi Section, Ministry of External Affairs, Room No.235P, South Block, New Delhi, India, [email: dshindi[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in, ddol1[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in, ddol2[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in, asstdirhindi[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in ].  The registration form may be dispatched along with a copy of the receipt from the Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate under whose Consular jurisdiction they reside, confirming the payment of registration fee*.  The registration fee could be deposited in cash with the concerned Indian Mission/Post or transferred to their account for which the details may be obtained from the concerned Indian Mission/Post.   The registration fee is US$100/- or equivalent in the local currency at the official rate of exchange (US$50/- or equivalent in the local currency for students upto the age of 23 years). 

 

B. Procedure for offline registration:

Participants who are unable to use the facility of online registration are advised to download their registration form from the website of WHC, fill up all details and send the registration form along with the proof of payment of registration fee* in the manners explained above. 

 

*The registration fee is non-refundable.

Accommodation

            Participants other than the members of the Official Delegation are free to book their accommodation directly with any of the hotels in Johannesburg.  For sake of convenience, hotels in the vicinity of the venue are listed below along with their indicative tariff, though the participants are free to select hotel of their choice.  Any participant who needs any assistance/advice for accommodation may contact HCI Pretoria. [Tel : 00-27-12-3427597, Fax : 00-27-12-3425310, E.Mail : hcida[at]hicomind[dot]co[dot]za].

 

            Accommodation for the members of the Official delegation/members sponsored by various Ministries/Departments of Government of India and the State Governments could be arranged by HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg.  For this, the members may wish to convey their travel details to HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg.  All participants in this category except the members of the Official delegation may also forward a copy of the formal sanction to HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg for making these arrangements.  HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg would also make arrangement for their transport from airport to hotel etc. and arrange for payment of daily allowance, where applicable. 

 

The participants in their private capacity and those representing PSUs, Universities, other organizations are requested to make their hotel accommodation directly with the concerned hotels and keep HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg informed so that they are able to arrange their transport from the airport to hotel and back. 

 

S. No

Hotel

Address / Telephone

Tariff Single B/B

Tariff Sharing B/B

1

Sandton Sun 5 Star

5 Alice Lane, Sandton

00-27-11-780 5000

www.tsogosunhotels.com/Sandton-Sunpan>

Email: reservations[at]tsogosun[dot]com

 

*R 1 995-00

R 2 095-00

2

Intercontinental Sandton Sun & Towers 5 Star

Maude SMaude Street, Sandton

00-27-11-780 5555

www.intercontinental.com/span>

Email:

reservations[at]icsandtontowers[dot]com

 

R 1 995-00

R 2 095-00

3

Garden Court Sandton City 3 Star

Maude SMaude Street, Sandton

00-27-11-269 7000

www.tsogosunhotels.com/Garden-Courtpan>

Email:

gesandtoncity.reservations[at]tsogosun[dot]com

 

R 1 199-00

R 1 250-00

4

Garden Court Katherine Street 3 Star

KatheriKatherine Street, Sandton

00-27-11-884 5660

www.tsogosunhotels.com/Garden-Courtpan>

Email:

annike.diale[at]tsogosun[dot]com

 

R 1 199-00

R 1 250-00

5

HolidayHoliday Inn Sandton

123 Rivonia Road, Sandton

00-27-11-282 0000

www.holidayinn.com/pan>

Email:

reservations[at]hisandton[dot]co[dot]za

 

R 1 910-00

R 2 350-00

6

Radisson Hotel Sandton

Valy CrValy Cresent, Sandton

00-27-11-8836430

www.radissonblu.com/span>

 

R 2 420-00

R 2 620-00

7

Villa Via Executive Suites

Rivonia Road, Sandton

www.roomsforafrica.com/

R 2 000-00 4 People per appartment

R 2 000-00

8

Michelangelo Hotel  5 Star

Maude SMaude Street, Sandton

00-27-11-245 4000

michaelangelo.za.net/ 

Email:

towers[at]legacyhotels[dot]co[dot]za

R 2 710-00

R 3 180-00

9

Hotel PHotel Park Inn

118 Katherine Street, Sandton

00-27-11-303 1000

www.parkinn.com/hotel-sandtonspan>

Email:

Info.sandton[at]rezidorparkinn[dot]com

 

R 1 499-00

R 1 499-00

10

Hilton Hilton Hotel

138 Rivonia Road, Sandton

00-27-11-322 1888

www.hilton.com/Sandtonpan>

Email:

sandton.reservations[at]hilton[dot]com

 

R 3 000-00

R 3 450-00

11

Hyatt RHyatt Regency

191 Oxford Road, Rosebank

00-27-11-280 1234

johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com/

Email:johannesbrg.regency[at]hyatt[dot]com

 

R 2 750-00

R 2 750-00

12

RosebanRosebank Hotel Hotel

18 Sturdee Avenue Rosebank

086 174 7444

www.crowncplaza.com/Johannesburgpan>

Email: reservations[at]therosebank[dot]co[dot]za

 

R 1 700-00

R 1 850-00

13

Courtyard Hotel

Oxford Oxford Road, Rosebank

00-27-11-880 2986

www.citylodge.co.zaspan>

 

R 1 200-00

R 1 200-00

14

Protea Hotel Balalaika

90 90 Maude Street, Sandton

00-27-11-322 5000

www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-balalaika-sandton.htmlpan>

 

R 1 250-00

R 1 575-00

15

City LoCity Lodge  Morningside

Rivonia Road Morningside

00-27-11-884 9500

www.citylodge.co.za/pan>

Email:

clmside,reservations[at]citylodge[dot]co[dot]za

R 1 075-00

R 1 372-00

16

City LoCity Lodge Sandton

Katherine Street, Sandton

Tel:00-27-11-444 5300

www.citylodge.co.za/pan>

Email:

clkathstr.reservations[at]citylodge[dot]co[dot]za  

R 1 094-00

R 1 296-00

*R=Rand: exchange rate US $ 1 = Rand  8.11 as on July 06, 2012

 

 

Transport Arrangement

            HCI Pretoria/CGI Johannesburg will arrange pool shuttle between the airport and hotel on arrival and departure.  They would also endeavour to set up a reception facilitation desk at the airport to help arriving participants.  The hotels listed above are within a comfortable distance from the venue.   Participants with any mobility-related special needs are requested to inform the Organizers in advance so that possible assistance could be rendered.  Participants who make their own accommodation arrangement at places not in the vicinity of the venue will need to make their own transport arrangements.     

 

Medical Insurance

            Delegates from outside South Africa are advised to arrange adequate travel health insurance for the period of their stay in South Africa. 

 

Travel Arrangements

            All delegates traveling from outside South Africa are requested to make appropriate travel arrangements to Johannesburg and back and keep HCI Pretoria and CGI Johannesburg informed of their travel plans.  In case any assistance/advice in the matter is required, the Hindi Section of the Ministry of External Affairs or HCI Pretoria may be contacted. 

 

Visas

            Participants are requested to make timely arrangements for obtaining visas, if required, for travel to Johannesburg.  For this, they are advised to check with the concerned South African Mission in advance.  For any assistance/advice in the matter, the applicants may also contact Hindi Section of the Ministry of External Affairs or HCI Pretoria. 

 

Indian Diplomatic/Official Passport holders do not need visa for South Africa for upto 90 days.   

 

Programme

Venue:  “Gandhi Gram” Sandton Convention Centre, 2nd Floor, Maude Street, Sandton-2196,  Johannesburg, South Africa

Saturday

 22 September, 2012

 

 

1000-1100 hrs

Inauguration

Venue: Nelson Mandela Sabhagar

1100 – 1130 hrs

Tea Break

1130-1300 hrs

Opening Plenary

Venue: Nelson Mandela Sabhagar

1300 – 1430 hrs

Lunch Break

1430 – 1700 hrs

Academic Sessions/Presentation of Papers

i.                    Mahatma Gandhi Ki Bhasha Drishti Aur Vartman Ka Sandarbh [Venue: Shanti Kaksh]

ii.                  Dakshin Africa Mein Hindi Shiksha- Yuvaon ka Yogdaan [Venue: Ahimsa Kaksh]

iii.                Soochna Proudyogiki: Devanaagaree Lipi Aur Hindi Ka Saamarthya  [Venue: Neeti Kaksh]

Presentation of Papers [Venue: Nyaya Kaksh]

1900-2030 hrs

Cultural Programme

2030 hrs onwards

Dinner  

Sunday

23 September, 2012

 

 

1000-1230 hrs

Academic Sessions/Presentation of Papers

i.                    Hindi Ke Vikas Main Videshi/Pravasi Lekhakon Ki Bhumika [Venue: Shanti Kaksh]

ii.                   Loktantra Aur Media Ki Bhasha Ke Roop Mein Hindi [Venue: Ahimsa Kaksh]

iii.                Gyan Vigyan Aur Rojgar Ki Bhasha Ke Roop Mein Hindi [Venue: Neeti Kaksh]

iv.               Presentation of Papers [Venue: Nyaya Kaksh] 

 

1300 – 1430 hrs

Lunch Break

1430-1700 hrs

Academic Sessions/Presentation of Papers

i.                    Videsh Mein Bharat : Bharatiya Granthon Ki Bhumika [Venue: Shanti Kaksh]

ii.                   Hindi: Film, Rangmanch Aur Manch Ki Bhasha [Venue: Ahimsa Kaksh]

iii.                Hindi Ke Prasar Mein Anuvad Ki Bhumika [Venue: Neeti Kaksh]

iv.               Presentation of Papers [Venue: Nyaya Kaksh] 

 

1900 hrs onwards

Cultural Programme/ Kavi Sammelan

2030 hrs onwards

Dinner

Monday

24 September, 2012

 

 

1000-1100 hrs

Concluding  Plenary

Venue: Nelson Mandela Sabhagar

1100-1230 hrs

Closing Ceremony/Honouring of Scholars/Adoption of Resolution

Venue: Nelson Mandela Sabhagar

1300-1430 hrs

Lunch

 

Exhibitions

Venue : “Satya Mandap”

Book Exhibition:

Coordinated by National Book Trust and Kendriya Hindi Sansthan.

 

 

IT Applications in Hindi:

Coordinated by Kendriya Hindi Sansthan and  International Hindi University, Vardha.

 

Life and  Works of Mahatma Gandhi:

Coordinated by Gandhi Smriti Sansthan, New Delhi

Book Release [Pustak Vimochan

There will be a permanent book release podium as part of the Exhibition Hall [Satya Mandap].  Those who are interested in getting their books released may please contact the control room at the venue.  A copy of the books to be released during World Hindi Conference would need to be submitted with Hindi Section, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, along with a brief synopsis, latest by 31 August, 2012.  The Coordinators will make necessary arrangements to the extent possible for arranging book releases. 

 

Important Contacts & Telephone Nos. in Johannesburg

 

1.        High Commission of India

 852 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083

Pretoria

Tel : 00-27-12-3425392

            Fax : 00-27-12-3425310

            E.Mail : hciadmn[at]hicomind[dot]co[dot]za

 

2.        Consulate General of India

            1 Eton Road (corner Jan Smuts Avenue & Eton Road)

            Parktown 2193

      Johannesburg

      Tel  : 00-27-11-5819800/ 10

      Fax : 00-27-11-4828492

      E.mail : cgoffice[at]indconjoburg[dot]co[dot]za

 

3.        Indian Cultural Centre

      Johannesburg

      Tel  :  00-27-114473321

      E.Mail : diricc[at]gmail[dot]com

                 

4.        South African Police Services

·   Flying Squad: 10111

·   Sandton Police Station: 011-722 4279

 

5.       Ambulance

·   Netcare: 010 209 8911

·   ER24: 0861 911 011

 

6.       Emergency Management Services

·   Sandton Fire Department: 011-286 6000

 

7.       Hospitals

·   Sandton Medi Clinic: 011-709 2000

Peter Place, Bryanston

·   Morningside Medi Clinic: - 282 5000

Rivonia Road, Morningside

·   Netcare Sunninghill Hospital - 011-806 1500

Nanyuki Road, Sunninghill

·   Guests / participants are advised to contact help desk of the Conference Venue / Hotels, etc. for local transport for their personal use, if required.

 

Registration Form

 

 

 

Ministry of External Affairs

Government of India

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9th WORLD HINDI CONFERENCE

JOHANNESBURG [SOUTH AFRICA]

22-24 SEPTEMBER, 2012

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 The last date for registration is 10 September, 2012

1.     Nationality

2.     Surname

3.     First & Middle Name

4.     Date & Place of Birth

5.     Educational Qualification

6.     Current Post/Profession

7.     Organisation, if any, to which the participants belong

8.     Complete Postal Address

9.     Phone

10.                        Fax [if any]

11.                        E-mail

12.                        Have you participated in World Hindi Conference previously? If yes, details thereof

13.                         At the 9th World Hindi Conference:

a.     Would you like to read a paper? If so, please provide a synopsis of your paper not exceeding 100 words in the space given below.

b.     Would you like to make a Statement in one or more of the Academic Sessions?

14.                        Please indicate the Academic Sessions of your interest. 

15.                        Details of Payment of Registration Fee [Rs.5000/- or US$100 or equivalent for general participants and Rs.2500/- or US$50 or equivalent for students not exceeding age of 23 yrs].  Payment in India could be made through a Demand Draft in favour of Pay & Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, New Delhi.  Payment outside India could be made to the Indian Embassy/Consulate in US dollars or equivalent local currency at the official rate of exchange applied by the Embassy/Consulate. 

16.                         Photograph [Passport Size]

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High Commission of India

Pretoria

 

 

A FACT SHEET ON SOUTH AFRICA
 

Area:                              1.2 million Sq. Km.

 

Population:                    49.99 million (Mid-2010 estimate.)

 

Ethnic Composition:      African 79.4%; White 9.2%; Coloured 8.8%; Asian /Indian 3 %

 

Languages:                    11 official languages - Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa & Zulu.

 

Religions:                      Majority Christian (80%), traditional African, Hindu, `        Muslim, Jewish.

 

GDP:                              $ 422.0 billion (2011 est.) In Purchasing Power Parity Terms

 

GDP Growth:                 2.7% (1st Quarter 2012)

 

Per Capita Income:        US $10,050  

 

Unemployment:             25.2% (1st Quarter 2012)

 

Natural Resources:        Almost all minerals, except petroleum and bauxite. World's largest producer of platinum, gold and chromium. Also significant coal production.

 

Industry:                                  Minerals/mining, automobiles, chemicals, fertilisers. A world leader in the areas of synthetic fuels, and mining equipment and machinery.

 

Exchange rate:               US $1 = RAND 8.11 as on July 06, 2012

 

Forex reserves:              $49.21 billion as on 30 June 2012 (including SDR

and Gold)

  

Top Trading partners:   China, European Union, Japan, United States, India

 

Elections:                      Elections were held on April 22, 2009 for National & Provincial legislatures.  ANC won 264 seats (65.9% of votes) outs of a total 410.  In so far as provincial results are concerned, the ANC won in 8 provinces (except Western Cape).

 

Relations with India

         

Political: Formal diplomatic relations were established in 1993. Since then both countries have established a strategic partnership. 33 Agreements have been signed in diverse fields. The bilateral Joint Commission, chaired by the Foreign Ministers, has met 8 times, last in March 2011. There has been a regular exchange of high level visits; most recent being President Zuma's visit to India in March 2012 for 4th BRICS Summit. He also paid a State Visit in June 2010. Last incoming major visits were PM Manmohan Singh's visit in October 2011 for the 5th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil's State Visit in May 2012. Earlier HOS/G exchanges included President Mbeki's visit to India in April, 2008 for the India-Africa Forum Summit and President Motlanthe's visit on October 15, 2008 for the 3rd IBSA Summit in New Delhi and PM Manmohan Singh's bilateral visit in October 2006.  There is active contact between India and South Africa in multilateral fora, particularly at the NAM, Commonwealth, G-77, G-20, IOR-ARC and WTO.  Both countries are part of the IBSA trilateral initiative. Both countries are currently non-permanent members of the UN Security Council (2011-2012). 

 

   Figures in    M.US$   2006-072007-08 2008-09 2009-102010-112011-12 Apr-Sep

 

 

 

 

 

 

India's Exports

2241.6

2,660.7

1,980.3

2058.5

  3985.02

2237.10

India's Imports

2470.1

3,605.3

5,513.6

5674.5

  7140.55

4541.60

Total Trade

4,711.7

6,266.0

7,493.9

7733.0

11125 .57    

6778.70

 Bilateral Trade:

 

Source: Department of Commerce, Govt. of India.

 

Principal Indian exports to South Africa: Mineral Fuels & Mineral Oils; Vehicles; Pharmaceutical products; electrical machinery and equipment and parts; Boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; organic chemicals; plastic and articles thereof; articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted; Iron and Steel; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes.

 

Principal South African Exports to India :  Gold & Silver, Coal. Coke & Briquettes etc Ores Slag and Ash; Inorganic chemicals, Iron and Steel, Aluminium and articles thereof; organic chemicals; Boilers and Machinery; Pulp of wood or of fibrous material, Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; fertilizers and plastics. 

 

Indian Community: Approximately 1.5 million (80% in KwaZulu/Natal Province); mainly descendants of labourers who came to South Africa between 1860 and 1911 mainly from Southern India; also traders and professionals, mainly from Gujarat.  Indian South Africans are well-represented in Government, business, media, legal and other professions.

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