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Encyclopedia > Western Cape Province
Western Cape Province
Provinsie Wes-Kaap
iPhondo leNtshona-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
Languages Afrikaans (55.3%)
Xhosa (23.7%)
English (19.3%)
Population 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. ... province of South Africa File links The following pages link to this file: Western Cape Province Template:Western Cape infobox Categories: GFDL images ... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has an alternative meaning based on an alternative meaning of capital) is the principal city or town associated with its government. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... The following table presents a listing of Premiers of South African provinces. ... -1... 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. ... 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. ... Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... Xhosa 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 heterogenous 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). ... Look up Caucasian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Caucasian was originally a geographical term, meaning relative or pertaining to the Caucasus region (Caucasia) of central Eurasia. ... Geographically and technically, both Asian and Asiatic indicates a person, place, thing, or idea original to Asia. ... A map of the nine provinces of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV in Roman) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 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, English. ... -1... Map of European presence in 1652 The Cape Colony was a part of South Africa under British occupation during the 19th century. ... 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

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. City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ...


The Constitution of the Western Cape was adopted in 1998 and is available in the official languages of the province, Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Xhosa 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; 19 seats are currently held by the ANC, 12 by the DA, 5 by the NNP, 3 by the ID, 2 by the ACDP, and 1 by the UDM. The current and official Constitution of South Africa was adopted on 8 May 1996. ...


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


Geography

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 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 is a popular coastal tourism area. Northern Cape is a province of South Africa, created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. ... The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. ... City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in South Africa after Cape Town, and is located in the Western Cape Province. ... The city of Worcester (pronounced ) is a city and the county town of Worcestershire in England. ... 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. ... The name George has its origin in ancient Greek Geōrgios (), a derivation of the noun geōrgos () husbandman, farmer, a compound of gÄ“ () earth and ergon () work. The name was rare in Antiquity, but became extremely popular in Christianity thanks to Saint George. ... The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. ...


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. Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... Official language(s) English and French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last census; probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 31st 134,382 km² 210 km 610 km 16 29°N to 33°N 89°W to 94°W Population...


Municipalities

The Western Cape Province is made up of 5 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. ... Location of the Overberg District Municipality 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. ...

Economy

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 province also has a substantially lower unemployment rate than the other provinces; 17.1% of the working population is unemployed.


The province is a major centre of tourism for the country, with Cape Town and the Winelands being popular tourist destinations.


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. ... A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 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. ... In the South African and Namibian context, the term Coloured (also known as Bruinmense, Kleurlinge or Bruine Afrikaners) refers to a rather heterogenous group of people of mixed Khoisan, white European descent, Malay, Malagasy, Black (Bantu), and South Indian ancestry, especially in the Western Cape. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 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. Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia. ... 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 religion centered on the life, teachings, and actions of Jesus, the Christ, as recounted in the New Testament. ... Atheism, in its broadest sense, is an absence of belief in the existence of gods. ... Islam (Arabic: ; ( (help· info)), submission (to the will of God)) is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second-largest religion. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people, with around 14 million followers (as of 2005 [1]). It is one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths and one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. ... Hinduism (Sanskrit/Hindi: ; also known as Sanatana Dharma - , and Vaidika Dharma - ) is a worldwide religious tradition that is based on the Vedas, and is generally regarded as the oldest major religion still practiced in the world today. ...


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. ... High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


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 (Greek: tele = far away and phone = voice) 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). ... Flush toilet A toilet is a plumbing fixture and a disposal system primarily intended for the disposal of the bodily wastes urine and feces. ... This article is about waste matter. ... Lightning strikes during a night-time thunderstorm. ... A computer is a machine for manipulating data according to a list of instructions - a program. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into refrigeration. ... 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 ($2,811). Males have a median annual income of R 21,048 ($3,164) versus R 17,035 ($2,560) for females. The median annual income by race is R 12,213 ($1,836) for Black Africans, R 16,354 ($2,458) for Coloureds, R 42,803 ($6,434) for Indians/Asian), and R 64,968 ($9,765) for Whites. The annual income distribution is:

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

Statistics South Africa Census 2001


Important cities and towns

Population 1,000,000+ (urbanized area)

Population 50,000+ (urbanized area) City motto: Spes Bona (Latin: Good Hope) Province Western Cape Mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ...

Population 10,000+ (urbanized 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 South Africa after Cape Town, and is located in the Western Cape Province. ... 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 Knysna (pronounced NACE-nuh) is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... Plettenberg Bay is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. ... We dont have an article called Robertson, Western Cape Start this article Search for Robertson, Western Cape in. ...

Arniston is a small seaside settlement on Cape South coast, close to Cape Aghulas, the southern-most tip of Africa. ... Elim Elim is a Moravian Mission Station that was established on the Agulhas Plain by German missionaries in 1824. ... 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

Colleges and universities

Stellenbosch University is an internationally recognised university which is situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa. ... The University of Cape Town is a major tertiary education institution in Cape Town, South Africa, located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devils Peak. ... The University of the Western Cape is a university located in the Belville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. ...

External link

  • Provincial Government of the Western Cape

Add : Cape Penensula University of Technology (CPUT)


References

  • Municipal Demarcation Board


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