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Encyclopedia > Northern Cape
Northern Cape
Noord-Kaap
Mntla-Koloni
Coat of Arms of Northern Cape Province
(In detail)
Location of Northern Cape Province
Capital Kimberley
Largest city Kimberley
Premier Elizabeth Dipuo Peters (ANC)
Area
- Total
Ranked 1st
361,830 km²
Population
 - Total (2001)
 - Density
Ranked 9th
822,726
2/km²
Languages Afrikaans (70%)
Tswana (20%)
Xhosa (6.5%)
Population composition Coloured (51.6%)
Black (35.7%)
Caucasian (12.4%)
Asian (0.3%)
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Map showing predominant home languages in the province.
Map showing predominant home languages in the province.

The Northern Cape is a large, sparsely populated province of South Africa, created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. Its capital is Kimberley. It includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, which is part of a trans-frontier park with Botswana. It also includes the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Namaqualand region (in the west) is famous for its Namaqualand daisies. The towns of De Aar and Colesburg (in the south) are part of the Great Karoo, and are major transport nodes between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Orange River flows through the province, forming the borders with the Free State (in the south east) and with Namibia (to the northwest). It is also used to irrigate the many vineyards near Upington, which is very important in this mostly arid province. Kuruman, in the north-east of the province, is famous as a mission station and also for its 'eye'. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 578 pixel Image in higher resolution (1146 × 828 pixel, file size: 20 KB, MIME type: image/png) // File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Northern Cape Template... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ... Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ... The following table presents a listing of Premiers of South African provinces. ... For political parties with similar names in other countries, see Northern Rhodesian African National Congress and Zambian African National Congress. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... This is a list of South African provinces by area. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 10,000 km² and 100,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... This is a list of South African provinces by population, based on data from the 2001 census. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tswana, also known as Setswana, is a Bantu language. ... Xhosa (IPA: ) is one of the official languages of South Africa. ... In the South African and Namibian context, the term Coloured (also known as Bruinmense, Kleurlinge or Bruine Afrikaners) refers to a rather heterogeneous group of people of mixed Khoisan, white European descent, Malay, Malagasy, Black (Bantu), and South Indian ancestry, especially in the Western Cape. ... This article is about the color black; for other uses, see Black (disambiguation). ... The 4th edition of Meyers Konversationslexikon (1885-1890) shows the Caucasian race (in blue) as comprising Aryans, Semites and Hamites. The Caucasian race (sometimes called the Caucasoid race) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as, relating to a broad division of humankind covering peoples from Europe, western Asia, Middle... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asian people. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 566 pixel Image in higher resolution (943 × 667 pixel, file size: 115 KB, MIME type: image/gif) All Stats SA products are protected by copyright. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 566 pixel Image in higher resolution (943 × 667 pixel, file size: 115 KB, MIME type: image/gif) All Stats SA products are protected by copyright. ... Geographical distribution of South African languages. ... A map of the nine provinces of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Under the Union of South Africa and after that under the Republic of South Africa, the old Cape Colony became the Cape of Good Hope Province (though it was commonly known as the Cape Province). ... Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ... Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa. ... The Augrabies Falls is a waterfall on the Orange River, South Africa, within the Augrabies Falls National Park. ... Alexander bay is a place in South Africa. ... Namaqualand (Afrikaans: Namakwaland) is an arid region of south-western Africa, extending along the west coast over 600 miles and covering a total area of 170,000 square miles/440,000 km². It is divided by the lower course of the Orange River into two portions - Little Namaqualand to the... De Aar is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa. ... The Karoo is a semi-desert region of South Africa. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Location of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape Province Province Western Cape Mayor Helen Zille Area  - % water 2,499 km² N/A Population  - Total (2004)  - Density Not ranked 2,893,251 1,158/km² Established 1652 Time zone SAST (UTC+2... Port Elizabeth is a city in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, at 33°58′ S 25°36′ E. The city is located on Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. ... The Orange River is the major river in South Africa. ... For the term free state as it arises in United States history, see: Free state. ... Upington is a town founded in 1871 located in the Northern Cape, South Africa, along the Orange River. ... Kuruman is a town in Northern Cape Province, South Africa, famous for its scenic beauty and the Eye, a geographic phenomenon bringing water from deep underground to the surface in the Kalahari Desert. ... Look up mission in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Northern Cape has the largest percentage of native speakers of Afrikaans of any province of South Africa. Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia. ...

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Geography

See also List of cities and towns in the Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa's largest province, and distances between towns are enormous due to its sparse population. Its size is just shy of the size of the American state of Montana and slightly larger than that of Germany. The province is dominated by the Karoo Basin and consists mostly of sedimentary rocks and some Dolerite intrusions. The south and south-east of the province is high-lying (1200m-1900m) in the Roggeveld and Nuweveld districts. The west coast is dominated by the Namaqualand region, famous for its spring flowers. This area is hilly to mountainous and consists of Granites and other metamorphic rocks. The central areas are generally flat with interspersed salt pans. Kimberlite intrusions punctuate the Karoo rocks, giving the province its most precious natural resource, Diamonds. The north is primarily Kalahari Desert, characterised by parallel red sand dunes and acacia tree dry savanna. This is a list of cities and towns in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked... The Karoo is a semi-desert region of South Africa. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Diabase. ... Namaqualand (Afrikaans: Namakwaland) is an arid region of south-western Africa, extending along the west coast over 600 miles and covering a total area of 170,000 square miles/440,000 km². It is divided by the lower course of the Orange River into two portions - Little Namaqualand to the... Metamorphic rock is the result of the transformation of a pre-existing rock type, the protolith, in a process called metamorphism, which means change in form, derived from the Greek words meta, change, and morphe, form. The protolith is subjected to extreme heat (>150 degrees Celsius) and pressure causing profound... Hewn kimberlite core sample from the James Bay Lowlands region of Northern Ontario, Canada. ... This article is about the gemstone. ... The Kalahari Desert is a large, arid to semi-arid sandy area in southern Africa that covers about 500,000 km². It covers 70% of Botswana, and parts of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa. ...


Northern Cape has a shoreline in the west on the South Atlantic Ocean. It borders the following areas of Namibia and Botswana: Rugged coast of the West Coast of New Zealand The coast is defined as the part of the land adjoining or near the ocean. ... “Atlantic” redirects here. ...

Domestically, it borders the following provinces: Area: 161,325 km² (62,288 mi²) Population: 69,677 Population density 0. ... Area: 109,888 km² (42,428 mi²) Population: 67,998 (2001), 66,495 (1991) Population density 1. ... Categories: Stub | Botswana ...

North West is a province of South Africa. ... For the term free state as it arises in United States history, see: Free state. ... Capital Bhisho Largest city Port Elizabeth Premier Nosimo Balindlela Area - Total Ranked 2nd 169,580 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd 6,436,761 38/km² Languages Xhosa (83%) Afrikaans (9. ... Capital Cape Town Largest city Cape Town Premier Ebrahim Rasool Area - Total Ranked 4th 129,370 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 5th 4,524,335 35/km² Elevation Highest point: Seweweekspoort Peak at 2325 meters (7628 feet) Lowest point: sea level Languages Afrikaans (55. ...

Climate

Mostly arid to semi-arid, few areas in the province receive more than 400mm of rainfall per annum. Rainfall generally increases frtwoom west to east. The west experiences most rainfall in winter, while the east receives most of its moisture from late summer thunderstorms. Many areas experience extreme heat, with hottest temperatures in South Africa measured along the Namibian border. Summers maximums are generally 30ºC or higher, sometimes higher than 40ºC. Winters are usually frosty and clear, with southern areas sometimes becoming bitterly cold, such as Sutherland, which often receives snow and temperatures occasionally drop below the -10ºC mark. Sutherland is a town in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. ...

Wind mills in Namaqualand, Northern Cape
Wind mills in Namaqualand, Northern Cape

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Municipalities

The Northern Cape Province is divided into thirty two municipalities:

  • Siyanda District Municipality,Northern Cape,Siyanda
  • Pixley ka Seme District Municipality,Northern Cape,Pixley ka Seme
  • Francis Baard District Municipality,Northern Cape,Francis Baard
  • Dikgatlong Municipality
  • Emthanjeni Municipality
  • Gamagara Municipality
  • Ga-Segonyana Municipality
  • Hantam Municipality
  • Kai Garib Municipality
  • Kgalagadi District Municipality,Northern Cape,Kgalagadi
  • Kamiesberg Municipality
  • Kareeberg Municipality
  • Karoo Hoogland Municipality
  • Kgatelopele Municipality
  • Kheis Municipality
  • Khara Hais Municipality
  • Khai-Ma Municipality
  • Magareng Municipality
  • Mier Municipality
  • Nama Khoi Municipality
  • Phokwane Municipality
  • Renosterberg Municipality
  • Richtersveld Municipality
  • Siyancuma Municipality
  • Siyathemba Municipality
  • Sol Plaatje Municipality
  • Thembelihle Municipality
  • Tesantsabane Municipality
  • Ubuntu Municipality
  • Umsombomvu Municipality
  • Moshaweng Municipality,Northern Cape,Moshaweng
  • Namakwa District Municipality,Northern Cape,Namakwa

Kamiesberg Municipality Population: In 2001, 2999 persons lived in kamiesberg (Statistics Counsel of South Africa). ... Visit www. ...

External links

  • Northern Cape Tourism
  • NC Provincial Government


edit Northern Cape Province of South Africa Northern Cape Coat of Arms
Capital Kimberley
Regions Kalahari Desert | Namaqualand
Cities Kimberley
Largest towns Kuruman | Upington | De Aar | Orania | Garies | Griquatown
Municipalities District: Namakwa | Karoo | Siyanda | Frances Baard | Kgalagadi
Local: Benede Oranje | Bo Karoo | Diamondfields | Dikgatlong | Emthanjeni | Gamagara | Ga-Segonyana | Hantam | Kai-Garib | Kalahari | Kamiesberg | Kareeberg | Karoo Hoogland | Kgatelopele | Kheis | Khara Hais | KhGi-Ma | Magareng | Mier | Nama Khoi | Phokwane | Renosterberg | Richtersveld | Siyancuma | Siyathemba | Sol Plaatje | Thembelihle | Tesantsabane | Ubuntu | Umsombomvu

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