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Western Cape
Wes-Kaap
Ntshona-Koloni
Coat of Arms of Western Cape Province
(In detail)
Location of Western Cape Province
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 (55.3%)
Xhosa (23.7%)
English (19.3%)
Ethnic composition Coloured (53.9%)
Black (26.7%)
Caucasian (18.4%)
Asian (1.0%)
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The Western Cape is a province in the south west of South Africa. The capital is Cape Town. Prior to 1994, the region that now forms the Western Cape was part of the huge (and now defunct) Cape Province. Prior to the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, it was called the Cape Colony (see the History of Cape Colony). Image File history File links Western_Cape_coa. ... The Coat-of-Arms of Western Cape The Coat of Arms of Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa was registered with the Bureau of Heraldry on December 4, 1998 following the reorganisation of the Western Cape province from the southwestern part of the former Cape Province in... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1146x828, 20 KB) // File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Western Cape Template:Western Cape infobox User:Htonl/Sandbox ... 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. ... 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... 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... The following table presents a listing of Premiers of South African provinces. ... Ebrahim Rasool is the Premier of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. ... 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. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Xhosa (IPA: ) is one of the official languages of South Africa. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 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). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into White people. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asian people. ... A map of the nine provinces of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. ... 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... 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). ... National motto: Ex Unitate Vires (Latin: From Unity, strength} Official languages Afrikaans, Dutch and English. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Anthem: God Save the Queen Cape Colony Capital Cape Town Language(s) English and Dutch1 Religion Dutch Reformed Church, Anglican Government Constitutional monarchy Last Monarch King George VI Last Prime Minister  - 1908 – 1910 John X. Merriman Last Governor  - 1901 - 1910 Walter Hely-Hutchinson Historical era 19th century  - Dutch East India... History of Cape Colony via a written history of the area known as Cape Colony, and later Cape Province in South Africa began when Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese navigator, discovered the Cape of Good Hope in 1488. ...

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Law and Government

Western Cape provincial building, Cape Town.
Western Cape provincial building, Cape Town.

The capital of the Western Cape Province is the City of Cape Town. Its current Premier is Ebrahim Rasool and the Director-General is Gilbert Lawrence. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 529 pixel Image in higher resolution (896 × 592 pixel, file size: 211 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Western Cape Metadata... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 529 pixel Image in higher resolution (896 × 592 pixel, file size: 211 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Western Cape Metadata... 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... This is a list of Premiers of Western Cape Province: See also South Africa Politics of South Africa List of Premiers of South African provinces Category: Lists of South African provincial premiers ... Ebrahim Rasool is the Premier of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. ...


The Constitution of the Western Cape was adopted in 1998 and is available in the official languages of the province: Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Xhosa (IPA: ) is one of the official languages of South Africa. ...


The Western Cape Provincial Legislature is responsible for creating laws within its responsibilities as set out by the South African Constitution. Some of the issues dealt with cover agriculture, education, environment, health services, housing, language policies, tourism, trade, and welfare. The Legislature is housed in Cape Town and has a total of 42 members; 24 seats are currently held by the ANC, 13 by the DA, 1 by the ID, 2 by the ACDP, and 2 by the UIF. The current and official Constitution of South Africa was adopted on 8 May 1996. ... For political parties with similar names in other countries, see Northern Rhodesian African National Congress and Zambian African National Congress. ... The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a liberal South African political party, and the official opposition to the ruling African National Congress. ... The Independent Democrats are a South African political party, formed by former Pan Africanist Congress member Patricia de Lille in 2003. ... Developed by Abrie JF Kilian 14:23, 11 Nov 2004 (UTC) The ACDP in brief The African Christian Democratic Party is a political party in South Africa and form part of the International Political Christian Democratic Family. ... The United Independent Front (UIF) is a political party in South Africa. ...


The Western Cape Provincial Administration had a 2004 budget of R16.4 billion (US$2.8 billion).


Geography

Camps Bay, Cape Town, typical Western Cape coastline
Camps Bay, Cape Town, typical Western Cape coastline

Western Cape Province is bordered on the north by the Northern Cape Province, on the east by the Eastern Cape Province, on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The Subantarctic dependency of the Prince Edward Islands is included within the province's administration. The Breede and Berg Rivers are major rivers of the province. The capital is Cape Town and other major cities include Stellenbosch, Worcester, Paarl, and George. The Garden Route and the Overberg are popular coastal tourism areas. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 540 pixel Image in higher resolution (2676 × 1806 pixel, file size: 1,008 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Andres de Wet - taken by myself File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 540 pixel Image in higher resolution (2676 × 1806 pixel, file size: 1,008 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Andres de Wet - taken by myself File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert... 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. ... 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. ... Orthographic projection centered on the Prince Edward Islands Map of Prince Edward Islands The Prince Edward Islands are two small islands in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean that are politically part of South Africa. ... 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... Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in South Africa after Cape Town, and is located in the Western Cape Province. ... Worcester, South Africa is a town situated about 120 km from Cape Town, in the Breede River Valley. ... Paarl Rock Paarl (meaning Pearl in Dutch and Perel in Afrikaans) is the third oldest European settlement in the Republic of South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and forms part of the Western Cape Province. ... George is the administrative capital of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ... The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. ... Overberg is a region in South Africa to the east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots Holland mountains. ...


The Western Cape is exceptionally topographically diverse. Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains of Permian to Carboniferous age that range in height from 1000m to 2300m. The valleys between ranges are generally very fertile and contains alluvial loamy to clay soils. The far interior forms part of the Karoo Basin and is generally arid and hilly with a sharp escarpment in the north. Coastal areas range from sandy between capes, to rocky to steep and mountainous in places. The Western Cape is also the southernmost region of the African continent with Cape Agulhas as its southernmost point, only 3800km from the Antarctic coastline. The Hex River Mountains of the Cape Fold Belt, near Worcester, South Africa The Cape Fold Belt is the folded sedimentary sequence of rocks in the south-western corner of South Africa. ... The Permian is a geologic period that extends from about 299. ... The Carboniferous is a major division of the geologic timescale that extends from the end of the Devonian period, about 359. ... In geology, an escarpment is a transition zone between different physiogeographic provinces that involves an elevation differential, often involving high cliffs. ... A marker at Cape Agulhas indicates the official dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. ...


The total land area is 129,370 km², about 10.6% of the country’s total. It is roughly the size of England or the US state of Louisiana. Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city Baton Rouge [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W...


Vegetation is also extremely diverse, with one of the world's seven floral kingdoms almost exclusively endemic to the province, namely the Cape Floral Kingdom, most of which is covered by Fynbos (Afrikaans: Fine Bush). It is extremely rich in species diversity, with more plant species occurring on Table Mountain than the entire United Kingdom. It is characterised by various types of shrubs, thousands of flowering plant species and some small trees. Fynbos in the Western Cape. ... Fynbos (Afrikaans for fine bush) is the natural vegetation occurring in a small belt of South Africa, mainly in the South-western Cape. ... Table Mountain is a mountain in the Western Cape, South Africa, overlooking the greater Cape Town area. ...


The arid interior is dominated by Karoo drought-resistant shrubbery. The West Coast and Little Karoo are semi-arid regions and are typified by many species of succulents and drought-resistant shrubs and acacia trees. The Garden Route is extremely lush, with temperate rainforest (or Afromontane Forest) covering many areas adjacent to the coast and along the mountain ranges. Typical species are hardwoods of exceptional height, such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood and Ironwood trees. The Karoo is a semi-desert region of South Africa. ... Semi-arid generally describes regions that receive low annual rainfall (25 to 50 cm /10 to 20 in) and generally have scrub or grass vegetation. ... The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. ... The Knysna-Amatole montane forests is a subtropical moist broadleaf forest ecoregion of South Africa. ... species 105 species (Farjon 1998); see list Podocarpus is a genus of conifers, the most numerous and widely distributed of the podocarp family Podocarpaceae. ... species 200+; see text Ocotea is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Laurel family, Lauraceae. ... Ironwood, Michigan is a city in the upper peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Municipalities

The Western Cape Province is made up of five District Municipalities subdivided into 24 Local Municipalities, along with one Metropolitan Municipality.

The area governed by the City of Cape Town, shown within the Western Cape. ... Location of the West Coast District Municipality within the Western Cape. ... Location within the Western Cape. ... Cederberg Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Bergrivier Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Saldanha Bay Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Swartland Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Location of the Cape Winelands District Municipality within the Western Cape. ... Witzenberg Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Drakenstein Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Stellenbosch Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Breede Valley Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Breede River/Winelands Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Map of South Africa showing the Overberg District (within the Western Cape). ... Theewaterskloof Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Overstrand Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Cape Agulhas Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Swellendam Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Location of the Eden District Municipality within the Western Cape. ... Kannaland Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Hessequa Local Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Mossel Bay Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... George Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Oudtshoorn Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Bitou Local Municipality (formely known as Plettenberg Bay Municipality) is a municipality part of Eden District Municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Knysna Local Municipality is a municipality part of Eden District Municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Location of the Central Karoo District Municipality within the Western Cape. ... Laingsburg Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Prince Albert Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Beaufort West Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ...

Climate

Snow in the Kouebokkeveld District near Ceres
Snow in the Kouebokkeveld District near Ceres

The Western Cape is also diverse climatologically, with many distinct micro- and macroclimates created by the varied topography and the influence of both the Indian (warm water) and Atlantic (cold water) oceans. Most of the province is considered to have a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate with cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms. The Garden Route and the Overberg on the south coast have a maritime climate with cool, moist winters and mild, moist summers. Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest climate worldwide after Hawaii. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2676x1800, 908 KB)Andres de Wet - taken by myself in August 2003 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2676x1800, 908 KB)Andres de Wet - taken by myself in August 2003 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... The Karoo is a semi-desert region of South Africa. ... Semi-arid generally describes regions that receive low annual rainfall (25 to 50 cm /10 to 20 in) and generally have scrub or grass vegetation. ... A rolling thundercloud over Enschede, The Netherlands. ... The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. ... Overberg is a region in South Africa to the east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots Holland mountains. ... Mossel Bay, South Africa (spelt Mosselbaai in Afrikaans) lies along the Indian Ocean, east of the Cape of Good Hope and west of Humansdorp. ... The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Thunderstorms are generally rare in the province, except in the Karoo interior, with most precipitation being of a frontal or orthographic nature. Extremes of heat and cold are common inland, but rare near the coast. Snow is a common winter occurrence on the higher lying ground, however frost is relatively rare in coastal areas and many of the heavily cultivated valleys. A rolling thundercloud over Enschede, The Netherlands. ... The Karoo is a semi-desert region of South Africa. ... This article is about technical drawings. ...


Economy

Agricultural town of Tulbagh
Agricultural town of Tulbagh

The Western Cape Province’s total GDP is the third-highest contribution to the country’s total, at 14.6%. The largest industry is the clothing and textile industry, which employs over 170,000 people. The textile industry is presently declining in importance, due to competition with cheaper Eastern producers, such as China. High-tech industries, international call centres, fashion design, advertising and TV production are niche industries rapidly gaining in importance. The province also has a substantially lower unemployment rate than the other provinces; 17.1% of the working population is unemployed. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 1888 KB) Andres de Wet - taken by myself in August 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 1888 KB) Andres de Wet - taken by myself in August 2005 I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Tulbagh is a town in the Tulbagh valley and is situated in the Witzenberg Local Municipality, near to Wolseley, Prince Alfreds Hamlet, Gouda and Ceres in the Boland (Highland) district of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ...


The province has recently grown a massive tourism industry, with the majority of international tourist arrivals visiting the province, with Cape Town, Garden Route and the Winelands being popular tourist destinations. There were 1,535,903 international arrivals in 2004 with continued growth annually. Domestic tourism is also on the rise, as low-cost air carriers such as Kulula and 1Time making travel more affordable to more South Africans. Kulula is a low cost airline in South Africa. ... 1Time is a low-cost airline operating domestic services in South Africa. ...


Infrastructure & Communications

N1 highway near Worcester
N1 highway near Worcester

The Western Cape has an excellent network of highways comparable with any first-world country. The primary highways are the N1 (from Cape Town to Three Sisters), N2 (from Cape Town to Bloukrans River), N7 (from Cape Town to Bitterfontein) and N12 (from George to Three Sisters). Other routes are the "R" roads and connect other areas. All major roads are tarred with major rural gravel roads well maintained. Limited access motorways are limited to the Cape Metropolitan Area, Winelands and Garden Route, however due to the low population density of the remainder of the province, the highways remain efficient and high-speed, except during peak holiday travel seasons, when travel can be slow-going in places due to heavy traffic. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 1853 KB)Andres de Wet - Taken by myself in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2304x1728, 1853 KB)Andres de Wet - Taken by myself in August 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Route map of the N1 Route The N1 is a South African National Road, running from Cape Town to Beit Bridge on the border with Zimbabwe. ... N2 is the main coastal highway of South Africa linking the extreme east of KwaZulu-Natal Province to Western Cape. ... The N7 is a freeway connecting Cape Town, South Africa to Vioolsdrif, the border post to Namibia. ... The N12 is a national road in South Africa. ...


Telecommunications in the province is highly sophisticated; however, landline telephone communications still leaves much to be desired (much due to the Telkom telecommunications parastatal's monopoly). All areas have internet access. Mobile cellular communications is world class with reception in all densely populated rural areas, all urban areas and along all major routes (including mountain passes and tunnels). All national banks are represented almost everywhere, including even the smallest of towns.


Demographics

Geographical distribution of home languages in the province.
Geographical distribution of home languages in the province.

As of the census of 2001, there are 4,524,336 people and 1,173,302 households residing in the Western Cape. The population density is 34.97/km². The household density is 9.07/km². The racial makeup of the Western Cape is Black African 26.68%, Coloured 53.91%, Indian/Asian 1.00%, and White 18.41%. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (943x667, 76 KB) Summary All Stats SA products are protected by copyright. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (943x667, 76 KB) Summary All Stats SA products are protected by copyright. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up black in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


15.6% of all households are made up of individuals. The average household size is 3.86.


In the province the population is spread out with 27.3% under the age of 15, 19.4% from 15 to 24, 32.9% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 26 years. For every 100 females there are 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.3 males.


In the province 55.3% of residents speak Afrikaans at home, 19.3% speak English, 0.0% speak IsiNdebele, 23.7% speak IsiXhosa, 0.2% speak IsiZulu, 0.0% speak Sepedi, 0.7% speak Sesotho, 0.1% speak Setswana, 0.0% speak SiSwati, 0.0% speak Tshivenda, and 0.0% speak Xitsonga. 0.4% of the population speaks a non-official language at home. Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... There are two versions of Ndebele in South Africa, they both belong to the Nguni group of Bantu Languages. ... Xhosa is a language of South Africa. ... Zulu, also known as isiZulu, is a language of the Zulu people with about 9 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Sesotho is a language spoken in southern Africa. ... Tswana, also known as Setswana, is a Bantu language. ... Swati (also known as siSwati and Swazi) is a Bantu language spoken in Swaziland and South Africa. ... Venda, also known as Tshivenda or Chivenda, is a Bantu language. ... The Tsonga language is spoken in southern Africa by the Tsonga people, also known as the Shangaan. ...


81.8% of residents are Christian, 9.0% have no religion, 6.5% are Muslim, 0.4% are Jewish, and 0.2% are Hindu. 2.1% have other or undetermined beliefs. Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... The 18th-century French author Baron dHolbach was one of the first self-described atheists. ... Islam (Arabic:  ) is a monotheistic religion based upon the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... Hinduism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


5.7% of residents aged 20 and over have received no schooling, 15.2% have had some primary school, 7.9% have completed only primary school, 36.5% have had some high school education, 23.4% have finished only high school, and 11.2% have an education higher than the high school level. Overall, 34.6% of residents have completed high school. Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education. ...


63.1% of housing units have a telephone and/or cell-phone in the dwelling, 34.2% have access to a phone nearby, and 2.7% have access that is not nearby or no access. 86.5% of households have a flush or chemical toilet. 87.8% have refuse removed by the municipality at least once a week and 1.4% have no rubbish disposal. 67.5% have running water inside their dwelling, 85.2% have running water on their property, and 98.3% have access to running water. 78.8% of households use electricity for cooking, 73.4% for heating, and 88.0% for lighting. 79.1% of households have a radio, 74.1% have a television, 18.2% own a computer, 73.5% have a refrigerator, and 41.4% have a cell-phone. The telephone or phone is a telecommunications device which is used to transmit and receive sound (most commonly voice and speech) across distance. ... Motorola T2288 mobile phone A mobile phone is a portable electronic device which behaves as a normal telephone whilst being able to move over a wide area (compare cordless phone which acts as a telephone only within a limited range). ... A toilet is a plumbing fixture and disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of the bodily wastes: urine, fecal matter and vomit. ... This article is about waste matter. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... A BlueGene supercomputer cabinet. ... “Freezer” redirects here. ... Motorola T2288 mobile phone A mobile phone is a portable electronic device which behaves as a normal telephone whilst being able to move over a wide area (compare cordless phone which acts as a telephone only within a limited range). ...


17.1% of the population aged 15-65 is unemployed. Of the unemployed persons, 53.4% are Black African, 43.0% are Coloured, 0.4% are Indian/Asian, and 3.2% are White. 23.3% of Black Africans are unemployed, 9.3% of Coloureds, 5.0% of Indians/Asians, and 2.0% of Whites.


The median annual income of working adults aged 15-65 in the Western Cape is R 18,703 (US$2,811). Males have a median annual income of R 21,048 (US$3,164) versus R 17,035 (US$2,560) for females. The median annual income by race is R 12,213 (US$1,836) for Black Africans, R 16,354 (US$2,458) for Coloureds, R 42,803 (US$6,434) for Indians/Asian), and R 64,968 (US$9,765) for Whites. The annual income distribution is:

  • No income 2.0%
  • R 12 – R 4,800 (US$2 - $721) 6.5%
  • R 4,812 – R 9,600 (US$723 - $1,443) 17.7%
  • R 9,612 – R 19,200 (US$1,445 – $2,886) 25.1%
  • R 19,212 – R 38,400 (US$2,888 - $5,772) 20.1%
  • R 38,412 – R 76,800 (US$5,774 - $11,543) 15.2%
  • R 76,812 – R 153,600 (US$11,545 - $23,087) 8.3%
  • R 153,612 – R 307,200 (US$23,089 - $46,174) 3.3%
  • R 307,212 – R 614,400 (US$46,176 - $92,348) 1.1%
  • R 614,412 or more (US$92,350+) 0.7%

Statistics South Africa Census 2001


Important cities and towns

See also List of cities and towns in the Western Cape

Population 1,000,000+ (urbanised area) This is a list of cities and towns in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ...

Population 50,000+ (urbanised area) 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...

Population 10,000+ (urbanised area) George is the administrative capital of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ... Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Little Karoo region of South Africa. ... Paarl is one of the three oldest European settlements in South Africa and forms part of the Western Cape Province. ... Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape Province, South Africa after Cape Town, and is situated about 50 kilometers away along the banks of the Eerste River. ... Swellendam Municipality is a municipality located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Worcester, South Africa is a town situated about 120 km from Cape Town, in the Breede River Valley. ...

Population < 10,000 Ceres is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Cliffs with whale watchers seen from the old harbour. ... Knysna (pronounced NACE-nuh) is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Malmesbury lies in an area known as the Swartland (‘black land’) due to the rich dark soil that becomes visible when the vast golden wheat fields are ploughed. ... Montagu is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. ... Plettenberg Bay is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Robertson is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa known as the valley of wine and roses. ... Tulbagh is a town in the Tulbagh valley and is situated in the Witzenberg Local Municipality, near to Wolseley, Prince Alfreds Hamlet, Gouda and Ceres in the Boland (Highland) district of the Western Cape Province, South Africa. ... Wellington is a town in the Western Cape Winelands just to the north of Paarl, in South Africa. ...

Arnistons typical fisherman houses Arniston is a small seaside settlement on Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. ... Elim is a village in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Napier, a small town situated in the Overberg(South Africa), was established in 1838 through a dispute between two neighbours, Michiel van Breda & Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl, over the location of the community church. ... Struisbaai is a coastal village boasting the longest continuous stretch of white sand coastline in the Southern Hemisphere, and is located at 34:48S and 20. ...

Education

The Western Cape is the most highly educated province with a very skilled workforce in comparison to any other African region. The high school graduation (matric: South African colloquial) rate is consistently around 80%, higher than any other province. The province also boasts two internationally acclaimed universities, namely Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. Quality of education remains a problem in previously disadvantaged areas (product of apartheid Bantu Education System). The South African government has shown a keen interest in bolstering the education system and quality seems to be improving. Stellenbosch University (Afrikaans: Universiteit van Stellenbosch) is an internationally recognised university which is situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa. ... The University of Cape Town, abbreviated as UCT, is a public university located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devils Peak, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


Colleges and universities

Stellenbosch University (Afrikaans: Universiteit van Stellenbosch) is an internationally recognised university which is situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa. ... The University of Cape Town, abbreviated as UCT, is a public university located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devils Peak, in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. ... The University of the Western Cape is a university located in the Belville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. ... Cape Peninsula University of Technology was formed when the merger of Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, in January 2005, occurred. ...

External links

  • Provincial Government of the Western Cape
  • Western Cape Tourism
  • Cape Town Tourism
  • Events in Cape Town & Western Cape
  • Official destination marketing organisation for Cape Town and the Western Cape
  • Major estuaries of the Western Cape

References

  • Municipal Demarcation Board


edit Western Cape Province of South Africa Western Cape Coat of Arms
Capital Cape Town
Regions Cape Peninsula | Cape Winelands | Garden Route | Little Karoo | Overberg | West Coast
Cities Cape Town
Largest towns George | Knysna | Oudtshoorn | Paarl | Robertson | Stellenbosch | Swellendam | Worcester
Municipalities Metropolitan: City of Cape Town
District: Cape Winelands | Central Karoo | Eden | Overberg | West Coast
Local: Beaufort West | Bergrivier | Bitou | Breede River/Winelands | Breede Valley | Cape Agulhas | Cederberg | Drakenstein | George | Hessequa | Kannaland | Knysna | Laingsburg | Matzikama | Mossel Bay | Oudtshoorn | Overstrand | Prince Albert | Saldanha Bay | Stellenbosch | Swartland | Swellendam | Theewaterskloof | Witzenberg

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