Ranked:
N/A (2012)

South African Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in South Africa. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in South Africa

Our latest data shows that South Africa spent $4,785,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 1.1% of the country's GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more South African military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.

Total Spent: $52,692,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $3,795,000,000 1.5%
2002 $4,171,000,000 1.6%
2003 $4,122,000,000 1.5%
2004 $4,179,000,000 1.4%
2005 $4,580,000,000 1.4%
2006 $4,581,000,000 1.3%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $4,475,000,000 1.2%
2008 $4,384,000,000 1.2%
2009 $4,590,000,000 1.3%
2010 $4,434,000,000 1.2%
2011 $4,596,000,000 1.1%
2012 $4,785,000,000 1.1%

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

Other Countries in the Region

Ugandan Flag Uganda
$250 Million (2012)
Central African Flag Central African Republic
No Data (2012)
Tunisian Flag Tunisia
$746 Million (2012)
Equatoguinean Flag Equatorial Guinea
No Data (2012)
Sierra Leonean Flag Sierra Leone
$24 Million (2012)
Nigerian Flag Nigeria
$2,100 Million (2012)
Zimbabwean Flag Zimbabwe
$303 Million (2012)
Algerian Flag Algeria
$9,104 Million (2012)

South Africa's Military Branches

South African Army, South African Navy, South African Air Force, South African Military Health Services.

Military Service Age in South Africa

18 years of age for voluntary military service; women are eligible to serve in noncombat roles; 2-year service obligation.