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Encyclopedia > Provinces of South Africa
A map of the nine provinces of South Africa
A map of the nine provinces of South Africa

South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. On the eve of the 1994 general election, South Africa's former homelands were reintegrated and the four existing provinces were divided into nine. In December 2005 the 12th amendment of the constitution changed the borders of seven of the provinces. The provinces (numbered corresponding with the map to the right and with the capital in parenthesis) are as follows: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1145x828, 21 KB) // Summary Summary Licensing Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Provinces of South Africa ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1145x828, 21 KB) // Summary Summary Licensing Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Provinces of South Africa ... 1994 General Election results, National Assembly African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62. ...

  1. Western Cape¹ (Cape Town)
  2. Northern Cape (Kimberley)
  3. Eastern Cape (Bisho)
  4. KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg²)
  5. Free State (Bloemfontein)
  6. North West (Mafikeng)
  7. Gauteng (Johannesburg)
  8. Mpumalanga (Nelspruit)
  9. Limpopo (Polokwane)

¹: The Prince Edward Islands are a South African territory, for legal purposes considered to be part of the Western Cape. The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Helen Zille Area  - % water 2,499 km² N/A Population  - Total (2004)  - Density Ranked 100th 2,893,251 1,158/km² Established 1652 Time zone SAST (UTC+2) Calling code 021 edit Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad /ˈkɑːpstÉ‘t... Northern Cape is a province of South Africa, created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. ... Kimberley is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Northern Cape. ... The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. ... Bisho is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Eastern Cape Province. ... KwaZulu-Natal (often referred to as KZN) is a province of South Africa. ... Location of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province Pietermaritzburg was founded in 1838. ... For the term free state as it arises in United States history, see: Free state. ... Coat of arms of Bloemfontein Bloemfontein (Dutch for fountain of flowers) is one of South Africas three capital cities, along with Pretoria and Cape Town. ... North West is a province of South Africa. ... Mafikeng is the capital of the North West Province, South Africa, 870 miles NE of Cape Town and 492 miles SSW of Bulawayo by rail, and 162 miles in a direct line W by N of Johannesburg. ... Categories: South Africa stubs | Provinces of South Africa | Gauteng Province ... , City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Mpumalanga, (name changed from Eastern Transvaal in 24 August 1995, is a province in South Africa. ... Nelspruit is a city of 21,474 people (1991) situated in northeastern South Africa. ... Limpopo refers to both: Limpopo River in Southern Africa Limpopo Province of South Africa This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... ŃPolokwane (previously known as Pietersburg) is the capital of Limpopo Province (the province with the greatest increase in growth rate for 2003) in South Africa. ... Orthographic projection centered on the Prince Edward Islands The Prince Edward Islands are two small islands in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean that are politically part of South Africa. ...


²: Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi shared being capital of KwaZulu-Natal during 1994–2004. Ulundi was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the capital of the Bantustan of KwaZulu. ...

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History

Since the establishing of the Union of South Africa in 1910, South Africa had four provinces consisting of the divisions which existed prior to the Second Boer War: two British colonies (the Cape Colony and Natal Colony) and two Boer republics (the Orange Free State and Transvaal Republic). Segregation of the black population started as early as 1913, with ownership of land by the black majority being restricted to certain areas totaling about 13% of the country. From the late 1950s, these areas were gradually consolidated into "homelands" or "bantustans," which served as the de jure national states of the black population during the apartheid era. In 1976, the homeland of Transkei was the first to accept independence from South Africa, and although this independence was never acknowledged by any other country, three other homelands followed suit. National motto: Ex Unitate Vires (Latin: From Unity, strength} Official languages Afrikaans, English. ... Combatants British Empire Orange Free State, South African Republic Commanders Frederick Roberts later Lord Kitchener Christiaan Rudolf de Wet and Paul Kruger Casualties Military dead:22,000 Civilian dead:N/A Total dead:22,000 Military dead:6,500 Civilian dead:24,000 Total dead:30,500 The Second Boer... Official language English and Dutch1 Capital Cape Town Largest City Cape Town Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 1st 569,020 km² (1910) Negligible Population  - Total (1911)  - Density Ranked 1st 2,564,965 4. ... KwaZulu-Natal (often referred to as KZN) is a province of South Africa. ... Boer is the Afrikaans (and Dutch) word for farmer which came to denote the descendants of the Afrikaans-speaking migrating farmers of the expanding eastern Cape frontier. ... Capital Bloemfontein Created 1854 Dissolved 1900 Official language Dutch (Afrikaans more common) The Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje Vrystaat) was an independent country in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a province in South Africa. ... The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek), often informally known as the Transvaal Republic, not to be confused with the Republic of South Africa, occupied the area later known as the province of Transvaal, first from 1857 to 1877, and again, after a successful Afrikaner rebellion against British rule... The term Blacks is often used in the West to denote race for persons whose progenitors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa. ... A homeland is the concept of the territory to which one belongs; usually, the country in which a particular nationality was born. ... Map of the black homelands in South Africa as of 1986 Map of the black homelands in Namibia as of 1978 Bantustan refers to any of the territories designated as tribal homelands for black South Africans and Namibians during the apartheid era. ... Look up De jure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The terms de jure and de facto are used instead of in principle and in practice, respectively, when one is describing political situations. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... The poverty-stricken but beautiful Transkei — which roughly means the area beyond the Kei River — is situated in what is now part of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, bordered by the Umtavuma River in the north and the Great Kei River in the south, while the Indian Ocean...


Provinces

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). ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Helen Zille Area  - % water 2,499 km² N/A Population  - Total (2004)  - Density Ranked 100th 2,893,251 1,158/km² Established 1652 Time zone SAST (UTC+2) Calling code 021 edit Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad /ˈkɑːpstÉ‘t... KwaZulu-Natal, often referred to as KZN, is a province of South Africa. ... Location of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province Pietermaritzburg was founded in 1838. ... Capital Bloemfontein Created 1854 Dissolved 1900 Official language Dutch (Afrikaans more common) The Orange Free State (Afrikaans: Oranje Vrystaat) was an independent country in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a province in South Africa. ... Coat of arms of Bloemfontein Bloemfontein (Dutch for fountain of flowers) is one of South Africas three capital cities, along with Pretoria and Cape Town. ... Flag of Transvaal The Transvaal (lit. ... City motto: Praestantia Praevaleat Pretoria (May Pretoria Be Pre-eminent In Excellence) Province Gauteng Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ...

Independent Homelands

These were known as the TBVC states

Flag of Bophuthatswana Bophuthatswana was a former Bantustan (homeland) in the north of South Africa. ... Mmabatho (Mother of the People) was a town near Mafikeng, South Africa. ... Ciskei Flag of Ciskei Ciskei was a Bantustan in the south east of South Africa. ... Bisho is a town in South Africa, and the capital of the Eastern Cape Province. ... The poverty-stricken but beautiful Transkei — which roughly means the area beyond the Kei River — is situated in what is now part of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, bordered by the Umtavuma River in the north and the Great Kei River in the south, while the Indian Ocean... Umtata is a small town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and was formerly the capital of the Transkei bantustan. ... Venda was a bantustan in northern South Africa, now part of Limpopo province. ... Thohoyandou is the former capital of the Bantustan of Venda. ...

Non-Independent Homelands

Gazankulu was a bantustan in South Africa, intended by the apartheid government to be a semi-independent homeland for the Tsonga people. ... Giyani is a town in in Limpopo Province in northern South Africa. ... KaNgwane was a bantustan in South Africa, intended by the apartheid government to be a semi-independent homeland for the Swazi people. ... Flag of KwaNdebele KwaNdebele was a bantustan in South Africa, intended by the apartheid government as a semi-independent homeland for the Matabele people. ... Flag of KwaZulu KwaZulu was a bantustan in South Africa, intended by the apartheid government as a semi-independent homeland for the Zulu people. ... Ulundi was at one time the capital of Zululand in South Africa, and later the capital of the Bantustan of KwaZulu. ... The Flag of Lebowa Lebowa was a bantustan located in the Transvaal in north eastern South Africa. ... QwaQwa was a Bantustan, or homeland, in the eastern part of South Africa. ... Phuthaditjhaba is a town in the Free State Province of South Africa. ...

See also


Orthographic projection centered on the Prince Edward Islands The Prince Edward Islands are two small islands in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean that are politically part of South Africa. ... By population By area By density ... Walvis Bay, Namibia Walvis Bay, (Afrikaans: Walvisbaai meaning Whale Bay), is an area in Namibia with a chequered history. ...

Provinces of South Africa Flag of South Africa
Eastern Cape | Free State | Gauteng | KwaZulu-Natal | Limpopo | Mpumalanga | Northern Cape | North West | Western Cape

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