South Africa: External debt

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 South Africa

External debt, percent of Gross National Income

 Latest value 43.38
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1994 - 2022
 Average 29.02
 Min - Max 14.34 - 52.73
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1994 to 2022. The average value for South Africa during that period was 29.02 percent with a minimum of 14.34 percent in 1994 and a maximum of 52.73 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2022 is 43.38 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 113 countries is 56.76 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
South Africa - External debt - Recent values chart

Historical chart
South Africa - External debt - historical chart - 1994-2022

The external debt of South Africa and other countries is reported as the total international obligations of the country as percent of its GDP. External debt of less than 60 percent of GDP is not a problem. At higher levels, paying the interest on the debt may start to become difficult.
Definition: Total external debt stocks to gross national income. Total external debt is debt owed to nonresidents repayable in currency, goods, or services. Total external debt is the sum of public, publicly guaranteed, and private nonguaranteed long-term debt, use of IMF credit, and short-term debt. Short-term debt includes all debt having an original maturity of one year or less and interest in arrears on long-term debt. GNI (formerly GNP) is the sum of value added by all resident producers plus any product taxes (less subsidies) not included in the valuation of output plus net receipts of primary income (compensation of employees and property income) from abroad.

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 Current account, in dollars -6.16 2023 billion U.S. dollars
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 Net errors and omissions 1,263.43 2023 million USD
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 Short-term external debt 24.95 2022 percent
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