The Full Wiki

Provinces of South Africa: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

South Africa

This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
South Africa



Other countries · Atlas
Politics portal

South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. On the eve of the 1994 general election, South Africa's former homelands, also known as Bantustans, were reintegrated and the four existing provinces were divided into nine. The twelfth, thirteenth and sixteenth amendments to the constitution changed the borders of seven of the provinces. The provinces are as follows:

Province Abbreviation Capital Largest city Area (km²)[1] Population (2007)[2] Pop. density (per km²)
Eastern Cape EC Bhisho Port Elizabeth 169,580 6,527,747 38.5
Free State FS Bloemfontein Bloemfontein 129,480 2,773,059 21.4
Gauteng GP/GT Johannesburg Johannesburg 17,010 10,451,713 614.4
KwaZulu-Natal KZN/KZ/KN Pietermaritzburg² Durban 92,100 10,259,230 111.4
Limpopo LP Polokwane Polokwane 123,910 5,238,286 42.3
Mpumalanga MP Nelspruit Nelspruit 79,490 3,643,435 45.8
North West NW Mafikeng Rustenburg 116,320 3,271,948 28.1
Northern Cape NC Kimberley Kimberley 361,830 1,058,060 2.9
Western Cape¹ WC Cape Town Cape Town 129,370 5,278,585 40.8

¹: The Prince Edward Islands, South African territories in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean that are part of the Western Cape for legal purposes, are not included in these statistics.

²: Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi were joint capitals of KwaZulu-Natal from 1994 to 2004.

Map of South Africa showing the names of the provinces

Contents

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.

Advertisements

Provinces from 1910 to 1994

Independent Homelands

These Independent Homelands were known as the TBVC States.

Non-Independent Homelands

See also

References

  1. ^ Burger, Delien, ed (2009). "The land and its people". South Africa Yearbook 2008/09. Pretoria: Government Communication & Information System. pp. 7–24. ISBN 978-0-621-38412-3. http://www.gcis.gov.za/resource_centre/sa_info/yearbook/2009/chapter1.pdf. Retrieved 23 September 2009.  
  2. ^ "Community Survey 2007: Basic results" (PDF). Statistics South Africa. p. 2. http://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/CS2007Basic/CS2007Basic.pdf. Retrieved 23 September 2009.  

Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

Template:Politics of South Africa South Africa is currently divided into nine provinces. On the eve of the 1994 general election, South Africa's former homelands, also known as Bantustans, 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 are as follows:

* On 18 August 2006 the Constitutional Court ruled that the part of the 12 amendment dealing with the transfer of Matatiele from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape was unconstitutional due to insufficient consultation. [1]

Province Capital Abbreviation Largest city
Western Cape¹ Cape Town WC
Northern Cape Kimberley NC
Eastern Cape Bhisho EC Port Elizabeth
KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg² KZN, KZ, or KN Durban
Free State Bloemfontein FS
North West Mafikeng NW Rustenburg
Gauteng Johannesburg GP or GT
Mpumalanga Nelspruit MP
Limpopo Polokwane LP

¹: The Prince Edward Islands are a South African territory in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean, for legal purposes considered to be part of the Western Cape.

²: Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi shared being capital of KwaZulu-Natal during 1994–2004.

File:South Africa Provinces labeled.svg

Contents

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.

Provinces from 1910 to 1994

  • Cape Province (Cape Town)
  • Natal (Pietermaritzburg)
  • Orange Free State (Bloemfontein)
  • Transvaal (Pretoria)

Independent Homelands

These Independent Homelands were known as the TBVC States.

  • Transkei (Mthatha). Declared independent in 1976.
  • Bophuthatswana (Mmabatho). Declared independent in 1977.
  • Venda (Thohoyandou). Declared independent in 1979
  • Ciskei (Bhisho). Declared independent in 1981.

Non-Independent Homelands

  • Gazankulu (Giyani)
  • KaNgwane (Louieville)
  • KwaNdebele (Siyabuswa)
  • KwaZulu (Ulundi)
  • Lebowa (Lebowakgomo)
  • Qwaqwa (Phuthaditjhaba)

See also

  • Elections in South Africa
  • Prince Edward Islands
  • Ranked list of South African provinces
  • Walvis Bay

Template:Provinces of South Africa Template:South Africa topics Template:Articles on first-level administrative divisions of African countries

under construction
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). Smallwikipedialogo.png

This article uses material from the "Provinces of South Africa" article on the Genealogy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message