South Kivu

province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

South Kivu (French: Sud-Kivu) is one of 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1] Its capital is Bukavu.

South Kivu Province
Province du Sud-Kivu
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Largest cityBukavu
 • TypeProvincial assembly
 • BodyProvincial Assembly of South Kivu
 • Total65,070 km2 (25,120 sq mi)
 • Total5,772,000
 • Density89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Official languageFrench
National languageSwahili Edit this at Wikidata

South Kivu Province was created in 1989, when the existing Kivu Province was divided into three parts (South Kivu, North Kivu and Maniema).

On 7 August 2015 the 2015 South Kivu earthquake, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, struck 35 km (22 mi) north northeast of Kabare at a depth of 12.0 km (7.5 mi).[2] One person was killed.

Administratively, the province of Sud-Kivu is divided into eight territories:


  1. Central Intelligence Agency (2014). "Democratic Republic of the Congo". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 18 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. "M5.8 – 35km NNE of Kabare, Democratic Republic of the Congo". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 7, 2015.