Publication Details

General information

Purpose of survey

This survey is taken for statistical purposes in order to compile official statements of South Africa's Balance of Payments and international investment position, of which returns also have to be submitted to the International Monetary Fund in terms of Section 5 of Article VIII of the Articles of Agreement of the Fund.


The information requested is collected in terms of the regulations published under Government Notices 702 and 703 of 20 April 1956.


In terms of clause 4 of the regulations referred to above, all employees of the Reserve Bank involved in this survey are sworn to secrecy. Over and above this provision, assurance is given that no action of any kind will be taken under the Exchange Control Regulations against any organisation or person on the grounds of information furnished in this survey.


Refusal or neglect to furnish the information called for, is an offence subject to penalty.

Unit of recording

All figures should be reported in thousands of foreign currency.

Foreign countries

Only aggregates relating to all foreign countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, should be reported.


If accurate information is not available, best estimates should be provided.

Nil returns

A nil-return should be submitted where applicable.

Duplicate of return

A duplicate of this return must be retained for reference purposes.


Queries should be addressed to:

Balance of Payments Division,

Research Department,

South African Reserve Bank,

PO Box 7433,



telephone (012) 313-3778

fax (012) 313-4013/3759