South Africa: Government spending as percent of GDP
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 1960 to 2019. The average value for South Africa during that period was 16.31 percent with a minimum of 9.31 percent in 1960 and a maximum of 21.3 percent in 2019.
The latest value from 2019 is 21.3 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2019 based on 133
countries is 16.07 percent.
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The government size of South Africa and other countries is calculated as the total government spending as percent of GDP.
Definition: General government final consumption expenditure (formerly general government consumption) includes all government current expenditures for purchases of goods and services (including compensation of employees). It also includes most expenditures on national defense and security, but excludes government military expenditures that are part of government capital formation.