South Africa maintains diplomatic relations with over 150 countries. They are mainly in Western countries, but diplomatic relations have increasingly been established with other African countries, and with Eastern European and Asian countries.

1.3.1. African Community

South Africa plays an important role in the region of Southern Africa. The income of migrant labourers employed in South Africa contributes substantially to the national income of neighbouring states. It participates in the Common Monetary Union and a Customs Union, together with Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. Botswana is also a member of the Customs Union. South Africa maintains important trade links with other African countries, and these are increasing substantially with the political changes that have occurred in South Africa. African countries already constitute important trading partners with South Africa. The extent of intra-African trade is growing substantially. South Africa has become a member of the Organisation of African Unity.

1.3.2. United Nations

South Africa was one of 26 countries that signed the United Nations Declaration in 1942 and was a founding member of the UN in 1945. After being suspended from participation in the activities of the General Assembly during the apartheid era, South African has resumed full participation.

1.3.3. Other Organisations

South Africa enjoys a productive relationship with many governmental and non-governmental international organisations that are active in a wide variety of fields, such as finance, shipping, atomic energy, trade, science, agriculture and the environment. This involvement includes participation in the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. South Africa has become a member of the British Commonwealth.

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