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Eastern Cape


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 766 432 079 12 208
Secondary 1 632 881 655 28 007
Total 2411 1 323 355 40 506
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Description

  • Population: 6.56-million or 12.7%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 14%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 1,3 million, 19.8% of total population
  • Languages: isiXhosa (78.8%), Afrikaans (10.6%)

The second largest province of South Africa, the Eastern Cape Province is a diverse province with beautiful natural landscapes ranging from mountains to the coast. Its coastline is renowned for its beauty and is a major tourist attraction. A major city is Port Elizabeth or Nelson Mandela Bay where its harbour is an important asset for the country’s economy. The most important industry in the Eastern Cape besides tourism is manufacturing, in particular automotive manufacturing, as well as agriculture (Fruit and sheep farming), renewables and green industries, forestry and timber processing, pharmaceuticals, plastics and chemicals and capital goods. The province has been earmarked as a key area for growth and economic development, with two industrial development zones, the West Bank in East London and Coega near PE. Its capital city is Bisho.


Free State


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 283 248 757 7 545
Secondary 318 233 583 8 882
Total 601 482 340 16 427
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  • Population: 2.74-million or 5.3%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 6%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 498,256, 18.1% of total population
  • Languages:  Sesotho (64.2%), Afrikaans (12.7%)

The province has flat rolling grasslands that give rise to sandstone mountains. Its main industries, agriculture and mining are two of the main industries of the South African economy, but it has also diversified into manufacturing and export. Petrochemicals company, Sasol produces fuels, waxes and chemicals. Manufacturing subsectors include food and beverages, textiles, furniture, agri-processing, jewellery and engineering products. The country’s Supreme Court of Appeal is in Bloemfontein. One of South Africa’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in the province, the Vredefort Dome, the largest visible meteor impact site in the world which was formed two billion year ago. Its primary tourist attraction is the Golden Date Highlands National Park in the Maluti Mountains. The national road from Gauteng and the Western and Eastern Cape cuts through the province. Its capital Bloemfontein is also known as the City of Roses and it is the country’s third largest province.

 


Gauteng


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 641 628 408 15 551
Secondary 271 303 915 10 251
Total 944 963 274 26 599
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Description

  • Population: 12.27-million
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 21%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 921,724, 7.5% of total population
  • Languages: isiZulu (19.8%), English (13.3%), Afrikaans (12.4%), Sesotho (11.6%)

While this province is the smallest in terms of land area, it is the biggest when it comes to contributing to the economy. It contributes over a third to the national economy and 10% of the GDP on the continent. The capital Johannesburg is also referred to as Egoli which means place of gold in Sesotho, and the city was literally built on the gold discovered there. It economy comprises much more than mining today, boasting world class sectors such as finance and manufacturing. It is the financial capital of Africa with many foreign banks and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton. The province is moving from heavy industries to high value production such as ICT. Food, food processing and beverages also make up a significant part of the province’s economy, with half of South Africa’s agri-processing companies operating in Gauteng. Today the city is an exciting blend of cultures making it a truly African city. To its south lies Soweto, today a popular tourist destination with its struggle history and to the north Pretoria the capital of the country and the administrative head of government.  It is home to the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites.

 


Kwazulu Natal


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 1 982 1 122 239 33 245
Secondary 1 321 779 790 25 667
Total 3 303 1 902 029 58 912
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  • Population: 10.27-million or 19.8%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 22%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 1,902,029, 18.5% of total population
  • Languages: isiZulu (77.8%), English (13.2%)

This is the province that is the most popular tourist destination for South Africans. It boasts mountain ranges with the Drakensberg mountain range and a coastline of beaches along the warm Indian Ocean which has given rise to a number of coastal holiday resorts. Its harbour is the busiest in South Africa and one of the top 10 harbours in the world. Also in the province is the important coal export harbour, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.  The province hosts industries from mining, manufacturing, importing and importing, agriculture (sugar cane and subtropical fruit and forestry). While Durban is its major city, the capital of KZN is Pietermaritzburg. It is also the only province that has a monarchy specifically provided for in the constitution. It has the second largest population of the provinces.

 


Limpopo


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 1 385 742 528 21 973
Secondary 939 573 851 20 030
Total 2 324 1 316 379 42 003
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Description

  • Population: 5.4-million or 10.4%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 11%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 1,358,382, 25.2% of total population
  • Languages: Sesotho (52.9%), Xitsonga (17%), Tshivenda (16%)

The gateway to Africa, Limpopo is South Africa’s northern most province and borders Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Its Maputo Development Corridor links the country with the Port of Maputo, while the Phalaborwa Spatial Development Initiative links to other seaports and the Great North Road to Africa in the north.
It is the host of the Kruger National Park, a world-class and famous nature reserve. Mining and agriculture (tea, forestry and tropical fruit, and cattle) are key industries, as is tourism. It is a developing province and therefore exports many primary products. The capital is Polokwane.

 


Mpumalanga


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 742 501 007 14 599
Secondary 372 276 020 9 690
Total 1 114 777 027 24 289
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Description

  • Population: 4.04-million or 7.8%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 8%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 779,316, 19.3% of total population
  • Languages: siSwati (27.7%), isiZulu (24.1%), Xitsonga (10.4%), isiNdebele (10.1%)

The province borders Mozambique and Swaziland and Gauteng. The Maputo Development Corridor links the province with Gauteng and the Port of Maputo in Mozambique. The country’s coal fired power stations are located here of which three are the largest in the southern hemisphere. It produces about 8% of the country’s coal. Coal mining is a mainstay of its economy. It also has a large dairy farming industry and produces tropical fruit and sugar as well as wool and forestry. In it lies the southern half of the Kruger National Park and tourism is a potential growth industry. The capital is Mbombela.

 


Northern Cape


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 138 103 174 2 880
Secondary 73 56 902 1 971
Total 211 160 076 4 851
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Description

  • Population: 1.15-million or 2.2%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 2%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 164,927, 14.4% of total population
  • Languages: Afrikaans (53.8%), Setswana (33.1%)

While the province is the largest of the country’s nine provinces, it has the smallest population. This is because it is a province of arid plains and rocky outcrops. The Orange River flows through it to the south and supports the alluvial diamond mining and agriculture industries. Its capital is Kimberley and it was here that diamonds were discovered. The largest telescope in the world, SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) is also situated in the province at Sutherland. While it is an arid area, in spring the flowers bloom within the Nama-Karoo biome and attract attention from across the globe. It also joins the largest conservation areas in southern Africa, the The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa’s first cross-border game park, and South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park to the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. It is rich in minerals and also has some manufacturing activity, game farming, food production and processing for the export market as well as exporting of sea products make up the bulk of its economic activities.

 


North west


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 566 375 316 10 534
Secondary 247 172 530 6 175
Total 813 547 846 16 709
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Description

  • Population: 3.5-million or 6.8%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 6%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 564,555, 16.1% of total population
  • Languages: Setswana (63.4%), Afrikaans (9%)

Known as the platinum province because of its mineral wealth, mining is the major economic activity, followed by agriculture, especially cattle farming, maize and sunflowers. The capital is Mahikeng, near the Botswana border, but it is not the biggest town. Instead the two towns of Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp are its biggest towns and it is here where the majority of economic activity takes places as well as in Rustenburg and Brits. It also has some tourist attractions such as Sun City with the Palace of the Lost City and the Pilansberg National Park.

 


Western Cape


Schools Learners Educators
Primary 282 243 568 6 721
Secondary 112 118 170 3 569
Total 394 361 738 10 290
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  • Population: 5.82-million or 11.3%
  • Percentage of youth (15 to 34 years old) in province: 10%
  • SchoolMedia’s Learner Reach: 372,028, 6.4% of total population
  • Languages: Afrikaans (49.7%), isiXhosa (24.7%), English (20.3%)

Lying at the tip of southern Africa this province is one of the most beautiful with mountains and beaches that are famous across the globe. It is one of the world’s greatest tourist destination and the City of Cape Town itself plays host to a vibrant population of tourists from across the world all year long. It is here that the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. Its Mediterranean climate is perfect for grape cultivation and it is also famous for the wines it produces. Wheat and other vegetables and fruit are also grown and fishing is an important industry. Sheep farming takes place inland in the drier Karroo areas. It also produces ostrich and the products associated with the large bird. Printing and publishing, ICT, insurance, and petroleum are some of the large industries based in the province while clothing and textile is still a major player and employer.