Information On South Africa
Information about the provinces and capital cities of beautiful, sunny South Africa.
South Africa has nine provinces and each province has it's own capital city - except for the province, Kwazulu-Natal which has TWO capital cities.
The three MAIN capitals of South Africa are PRETORIA (the administrative capital), BLOEMFONTEIN (the judicial capital), and CAPE TOWN (the legislative capital).
The nine provinces and their capitals are (the provinces appear first, followed by the capital cities):
WESTERN CAPE: CAPE TOWN
The Western Cape is known for superb wine estates and Cape Town, which is also the legislative capital of South Africa. Cape Town is easily identified by it's famous landmark - Table Mountain.
EASTERN CAPE: BISHO
The Eastern Cape is the great Nelson Mandela's home province.
NORTHERN CAPE: KIMBERLEY
Kimberley is the city of diamonds.
FREE STATE: BLOEMFONTEIN
Bloemfontein, when translated means "fountain of flowers".
KWAZULU-NATAL: ULUNDI and PIETERMARITZBURG
Another internationally known city in Kwazulu-Natal is Durban.
Gauteng is the smallest, but richest province in South Africa. Most of the gold fields and businesses are situated in this landlocked province. Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital city is also situated in Gauteng. When translated, the word "Gauteng" means place of gold.
NORTH WEST: MMBATHO
The international pleasure resorts Sun City and The Lost City are situated in the North West.
Mpumalanga is home to the jewel in the South African crown - The Kruger National Park.
NORTHERN PROVINCE: PIETERSBURG
The province that separates South Africa from Zimbabwe.
Four of the above provinces are coastal provinces: Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.
Interestingly, there are two independent landlocked countries within the borders of South Africa - Lesotho and Swaziland. Other countries that border South Africa are, to the North: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Mozambique lies to the East of South Africa.