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Constitution Following the 1994 elections, South Africa was governed under an interim constitution. This constitution required the Constituent Assembly (CA) to draft and approve a permanent constitution by 9 May 1996. The present Constitution of South Africa was certified by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996, was signed by... Politics of South Africa
The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. It consists of no fewer than 350 and no more than 400 Members elected for a five-year term on the basis of a common voters’ roll. It is... National Assembly
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The President of South Africa is the head of state and head of government under South Africas Constitution. From 1961 to 1994, the head of state was called the State President, or Staatspresident in Afrikaans. The President is elected by members of the National Assembly, the lower house of... President
Deputy President
Ministers, in the South African government, are Members of Parliament who hold a ministerial warrants to perform certain functions of government. Together, ministers make up the executive branch of the South African state. Ministries Agriculture and Land Affairs Communications Defence Education Finance Foreign Affairs Health Home Affairs Housing Justice and... Ministers
The Speaker of the National Assembly presides over the South African National Assembly. The Speaker is chosen from among the Members of the National Assembly at its first sitting. The Speaker acts as a referee, taking charge of debates to make sure that the MPs can participate freely while keeping... Speaker of the National Assembly
Leader of the Opposition
The following is a list of South African politicians, both past and present. The scope is quite broad, including prominent candidates for local and central government office as well as those who achieved such office. See also: List of South Africans, President of South Africa A Albert, Arthur Frederick Patrick... Politicians
Political parties in South Africa lists political parties in South Africa. A political party is a political organization subscribing to a certain ideology or formed around very special issues with the aim to participate in power, usually by participating in elections. See political party for a more comprehensive discussion. South... Political parties
The South African Constitutional Court was established in 1994 by South Africas first democratic constitution: the Interim Constitution of 1993. In terms of the 1996 Constitution the Constitutional Court established in 1994 continues to hold office. The court began its first sessions in February 1995. Since February 2004, Constitution... Constitutional Court
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal is the South African court which has the final say on all matters, except those that involve the constitution. For example, all criminal appeal cases from the High Court end up in this court, unless the appeal relates to a point of constitutional... Supreme Court of Appeal
High Court
Elections in South Africa gives information on election and election results in South Africa. An election is a process in which a vote is held to elect candidates to an office. It is the mechanism by which a democracy fills elective offices in the legislature, and sometimes the executive and... Elections

The High Court of South Africa is a This article is about courts of law. For alternative meanings see: Court (disambiguation). A court is an official, public forum which a public power establishes by lawful authority to adjudicate disputes, and to dispense civil, labour, administrative and criminal justice under the law. Types Of Courts Some courts may function... court of Law (a loanword from Danish- Norwegian lov), in politics and jurisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, proscribe or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide punishments for those who do not follow... law in The Republic of South Africa (pronunciation) is a large republic in Southern Africa. It is located at the southern tip of the continent, and borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland. The small nation of Lesotho is entirely contained within South African territory. Its economy is the largest and most... South Africa. It was formerly called the "Supreme Court.” The High Court divisions have The term jurisdiction has more than one sense. Power of a court of law Jurisdiction is the power of a court to hear and decide a case before it. In most common law systems, jurisdiction is conceptually divided between jurisdiction over the subject matter of a case and jurisdiction over... jurisdiction over defined geographical areas in which they are situated, and the decisions of the High Courts are binding on magistrate’s courts within their areas of jurisdiction. The High Court divisions have jurisdiction over all matters in their geographical area, but they usually only hear civil matters involving more than The term Rand has several possible meanings: the Rand currency of South Africa. See also krugerrand as an abbreviation for the RAND Corporation as an abbreviation for Reasonable and Non Discriminatory Licensing as an abbreviation for any of a number of pseudorandom number generators functions Rand is a small town... Rand 100,000, and serious criminal cases. They also hear any appeals or reviews from lower courts (magistrates’ courts) which fall in their geographical jurisdiction. The High Court usually hears any matter involving a person’s status (for example, adoption, insolvency).

Important officers in a High Court Division

The registrar keeps all the official court documents. The family advocate must be consulted on all matters involving children, as the High Court is the “upper guardian” of all children in South Africa. The Master of the High Court keeps all the records relating to people’s estates (deceased or insolvent). The Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or American common law, or the person who holds such office. Modern usage United States In the United States a sheriff is generally the highest elected law-enforcement officer of a county. The political... Sheriff delivers certain documents to the parties in a civil case, and also attaches property when a warrant is issued. The Director of Public Prosecutions, who used to be called the Attorney-General, is responsible for criminal prosecutions by the state. The The States Attorney is an appointed or elected office of various, but not all, counties in the United States. The States Attorney is often the chief law enforcement officer of his or her respective county and is usually mandated by law to sign all bills of indictment and... State Attorney is the lawyer who represents the state in civil actions (where the state is suing or being sued).

Provincial divisions

There are at the moment ten provincial divisions of the High Court and three local divisions, which have concurrent geographical jurisdiction over an area within a division. These still use names which relate to the old provincial and A homeland is the concept of the territory to which one belongs; usually, the country in which a particular nationality was born. The word (and its cognates in other languages; e.g., Heimatland in German) has ethnic nationalist connotations for many people. For others, it simply connotes the country of... homeland structure of South Africa before 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. Events January January 1 - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect January 6 - Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from... 1994. For example, the division of the High Court in Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope Cape Town (Afrikaans, Dutch: Kaapstad; Xhosa: eKapa or SaseKapa), is one of South Africas three capital cities serving as the legislative capital (executive capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital). It is also the capital of the Western Cape province. It is... Cape Town is called the High Court of South Africa: Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division.

The present thirteen divisions and local divisions of the High Court are situated in:

  • Bisho is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Eastern Cape Province. It was also the capital of the former bantustan of Ciskei. Categories: South Africa stubs | Eastern Cape Province ... Bisho ( Categories: Stub | South African Bantustans ... Ciskei)
  • Bloemfontein (lit. fountain of flowers), is one of South Africas three capital cities serving as the judicial capital (Pretoria being the executive capital and Cape Town the legislative capital). It also serves as the capital of the Free State province. The citys Sesotho name is Mangaung, which means... Bloemfontein ( Flag of the Orange Free State The Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje Vrystaat) was the historical precursor to the present day Free State province of the Republic of South Africa. The current province, extending between the Orange and Vaal rivers, was established as a free state by Boers after their... Orange Free State)
  • Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope Cape Town (Afrikaans, Dutch: Kaapstad; Xhosa: eKapa or SaseKapa), is one of South Africas three capital cities serving as the legislative capital (executive capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital). It is also the capital of the Western Cape province. It is... Cape Town ( The Cape of Good Hope headland seen from the north 1888 Map of the Cape of Good Hope Triangular Postage Stamp The Cape of Good Hope is a headland in South Africa, near Cape Town, traditionally — and incorrectly — regarded as marking the turning point between the Atlantic Ocean... Cape of Good Hope)
  • Durban is a vibrant cosmopolitian city in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. It is also known by Zulu-speakers as eThekwini, the meaning of which is unclear (guesses range from lagoon to the one-testicled one. A number of towns including Durban have joined together to form eThekwini / Durban Metro... Durban (Durban and Coast Local Division)
  • Grahamstown ( The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bisho. It was formed in 1994 out of the independent homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, as well as the eastern portion of the Cape Province. It is the traditional home of the amaXhosa tribe, and the birthplace of... Eastern Cape)
  • Johannesburgs skyline as seen from the observation deck of the Carlton Centre. Johannesburg is the most populous city in South Africa and the second most populous city in Sub-Saharan Africa, behind Lagos. Local residents refer to the city as Joburg or Jozi. The Zulu name for the... Johannesburg ( Witwatersrand is a low mountain range which runs through Johannesburg in South Africa. The word in the Afrikaans language means the ridge of white waters. It forms a continental divide with water than runs off to the north draining into the Indian Ocean and water that runs off the south... Witwatersrand Local Division)
  • Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. It uses Kimberley Airport. History In 1866, Erasmus Jacobs found a small white pebble on the banks of the Orange River, on the farm De Kalk, near Hopetown. The pebble turned out to be a 21... Kimberley ( Northern Cape is a province of South Africa, created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. Its capital is Kimberley. Categories: South Africa stubs | Northern Cape Province | Provinces of South Africa ... Northern Cape)
  • Mmabatho (Mother of the People) was a town near Mafikeng, South Africa. It was the capital of the former Bantustan of Bophuthatswana. Following the end of apartheid in 1994, Mmabatho was merged with Mafikeng, and it became capital of the newly-created North West Province. Categories: South Africa stubs | North... Mmabatho ( Flag of Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana was a former Bantustan (homeland) in the north of South Africa. It had a surface area of approximately 40,000 km² and consisted of seven enclaves dispersed over the former South African provinces of Cape Province, Transvaal and Orange Free State. The capital Mmabatho was situated... Bophuthatswana)
  • Location of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Popularly called Maritzburg, it is home to a campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Aluminium is produced here as well as timber and dairy products. Estimated population: 228,549 (1991). History... Pietermaritzburg ( Natal is a former British colony, and a South African province. It is now called the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Natal is also a city in Northeastern Brazil. It is the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state. Its current population is 712,317 (2000 census). This is a disambiguation page... Natal)
  • Port Elizabeth is a city in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, at 33°58S, 25°36E. The city is located on Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth, often shortened to PE, and nicknamed The Friendly City was... Port Elizabeth (South Eastern Cape Local Division)
  • Pretoria is one of South Africas three capital cities, serving as the executive (administrative) capital; it is situated in the province of Gauteng. (Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital.) It is a cosmopolitan city situated in the transitional area between the Highveld and the... Pretoria ( Flag of Transvaal The Transvaal was one of the provinces of South Africa from 1910 until 1994. The province no longer exists, and its territory now forms all, or part of, the provinces of Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. History The Transvaal region is known to have been inhabited... Transvaal)
  • Thohoyandou ( Categories: Stub | South African Bantustans ... Venda)
  • Umtata, a small town in the Eastern Province of South Africa, formerly the capital of the Republic of Transkei. The town was founded in 1869 by its first Chief Constable, Richard Calverley. The Calverley family arrived as part of the British immigration plan with the 1820 Settlers in Port Elizabeth... Umtata ( Categories: Stub | South African Bantustans ... Transkei)

Once the Superior Courts Bill is passed, there will be a division of the High Court in each of the nine South Africa is divided into nine provinces. These are in order with capital: Western Cape (Cape Town) Northern Cape (Kimberley) Eastern Cape (Bisho) KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi) Free State (Bloemfontein) North West (Mafikeng) Gauteng (Johannesburg) Mpumalanga (Nelspruit) Limpopo (Polokwane) Historical Provinces The division of South Africa into different administrative... provinces with a name matching that of the province, with some provinces have more than one seat. Categories: South Africa stubs | Provinces of South Africa | Gauteng Province ... Gauteng Province will have both a Southern (Johannesburg) and Northern (Pretoria) division.

Circuit Court

Circuit Courts are also part of the High Court. They are sit at least twice a year, moving around to serve more rural areas. They can be contacted through the High Court.

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The High Court of South Africa is a court of law in South Africa.
High Court divisions have jurisdiction over defined geographical areas in which they are situated, and the decisions of the High Courts are binding on magistrate’s courts within their areas of jurisdiction.
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South Africa also has one possession, the small sub-antarctic archipelago of the Prince Edward Islands, consisting of Marion Island (290 km²) and Prince Edward Island (45 km²; not to be confused with the Canadian province of the same name).
South Africa's most prevalent biome is grassland, which is particularly present on the Highveld, where the plant cover is dominated by different grasses, low shrubs, and acacia trees, mainly camel-thorn and whitethorn.
South Africa is a middle-income country with an abundant supply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors, a stock exchange, JSE Securities Exchange, that ranks among the 10 largest in the world, and a modern infrastructure supporting an efficient distribution of goods to major urban centres throughout the region.
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