Provinces of South Africa

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South Africa is administratively divided into nine provinces . In 1994 the provincial structure that had been created since the formation of the South African Union in 1910 was abandoned. Likewise, the territorial units of the Homelands , which were based on a racially motivated population and economic policy, dissolved through reintegration with effect from April 27, 1994.

In 1995 there were again changes to the provincial names, which affected the previous names Pretoria / Witwatersrand / Vereeniging (PWV area), Orange Free State and Northern Transvaal . The former regions of Pretoria , Witwatersrand and Vaal (also abbreviated PWV) became Gauteng , which in Sotho is called "Place of Gold". From Orange Free State was shortened Free State and Northern Transvaal initially was named Northern Province; In 2002 the name was changed to Limpopo Province .

Since the country's first democratic parliamentary election in 1994, there has been a complete territorial and administrative reorganization of the state into nine provinces. Their representative bodies are the Provincial Legislatures . The following table gives an overview (the situation in South Africa can be identified by the numbering):

province English name Capital Area
in km²
map Population
(population / km²)
prime minister Political party
Western cape Western Cape Cape Town 129,462
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5,822,734 45 Alan Winds THERE
North Cape Northern Cape Kimberley 372,889
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1,145,861 3 Zamani Saul ANC
Eastern Cape Eastern Cape Bhisho 168,966
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6,562,053 39 Oscar Mabuyane ANC
KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg 94,361
KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.svg
10,267,300 109 Sihle Zikalala ANC
free State Free State Bloemfontein 129,825
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2,745,590 21st Sisi Ntombela ANC
northwest North West Mahikeng 104,882
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3,509,953 33 Job Mokgoro ANC
Gauteng Gauteng Johannesburg 18,178
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12,272,263 675 David Makhura ANC
Mpumalanga Mpumalanga Mbombela 76,495
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4,039,939 53 Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane ANC
Limpopo Limpopo Polokwane 125,755
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5,404,868 43 Stanley Mathabatha ANC

Westkap Nordkap Ostkap KwaZulu-Natal Freistaat Nordwest Gauteng Mpumalanga Limpopo Lesotho (Keine Provinz Südafrikas)SouthAfricaNumbered-new.png
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Legend: 1) Western Cape, 2) North Cape, 3) Eastern Cape, 4) KwaZulu-Natal, 5) Free State, 6) Northwest, 7) Gauteng, 8) Mpumalanga, 9) Limpopo

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ South African History Online : The Homelands . on (English)
  2. ^ South African History Online: Three South African provinces are renamed . on (English)
  3. ^ South African History Online: Limpopo . on (English)
  4. a b 2011 census , accessed on January 22, 2016