UK/High Commissioner/South Africa
| UK/High Commissioner/South Africa |
(Ambassador to South Africa)
|Deputy||UK/Deputy High Commissioner/South Africa|
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As fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Kingdom and South Africa exchange high commissioners rather than ambassadors, and the high commissioner's office in Pretoria is the high commission rather than the embassy. However, from 1961 to 1994 South Africa was not a member of the Commonwealth, so for that time the British head of mission was an ambassador and his office was the embassy.
Besides the high commission in Pretoria, the UK maintains a consulate-general in Cape Town. The High Commissioner to South Africa is also accredited to the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), but a resident High Commissioner to Eswatini has been appointed and is expected in post in summer 2019. From 2005 to 2019 the High Commissioner to South Africa was also accredited to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The Republic of South Africa is the historical successor to the Union of South Africa, which came into being on 31 May 1910 with the unification of four previously separate British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal Colony, Transvaal Colony and Orange River Colony. It included the territories formerly part of the Boer republics annexed in 1902, South African Republic and Orange Free State. The Union of South Africa was a dominion of the British Empire which became sovereign (along with other dominions) in 1931. The Union became the Republic of South Africa in 1961; the country left the Commonwealth of Nations at that time but rejoined in 1994.
Office Holders on Wikispooks
|William Waldegrave Palmer||May 1905||May 1910|
|Alfred Milner||5 May 1897||6 March 1901|