56.7 million (2017) 

Official language

South Africa has 11 official languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Swazi, Venda and Southern Ndebele. 


South African rand (R) 

Official statistics office
Statistics South Africa 

Annual book fairs
South African Book Fair is held over 3 days in September in Johannesburg. 

Translation programmes

VAT on books
14% for books and eBooks 



Fixed book price system


Useful Contacts

British Council
Email: ssa.enquiries@britishcouncil.org 
Tel: +27 (0)11 560 9300  

Department for International Trade
Email: DITAfricaTrade@mobile.trade.gov.uk 
Tel: + 27 (0) 11 537 7000 

Noni SibiyaCI inward investmentCape Town
Email: Noni.Sibiya@mobile.trade.gov.uk  

Directory of South African Booksellers (SA Booksellers Association) 

Book Distributors
Life Gecko 
Jonathan Ball