Western Cape

province of South Africa

Western Cape is one of South Africa's nine provinces. It surrounds the Cape of Good Hope. It was made in 1994 by splitting the old Cape Colony into three. The majority of the people live in the metropolitan area of Cape Town, which is also the capital.[3][4]

Western Cape
Wes-Kaap (in Afrikaans)
iNtshona-Koloni (in Xhosa)
Spes Bona (Good Hope)
Map showing the location of the Western Cape in the south-western part of South Africa
Location of the Western Cape in South Africa
CountrySouth Africa
Established27 April 1994 (1994-04-27)
CapitalCape Town
 • TypeParliamentary system
 • PremierAlan Winde (DA)
 • LegislatureWestern Cape Provincial Parliament
 • Total129,462 km2 (49,986 sq mi)
 • Rank4th in South Africa
Highest elevation
2,325 m (7,628 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total5,822,734
 • Estimate 
 • Rank3rd in South Africa
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
  • Rank4th in South Africa
Population groups
 • Coloured48.8%
 • African32.8%
 • White15.7%
 • Indian or Asian1.0%
 • Afrikaans49.7%
 • Xhosa24.7%
 • English20.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
ISO 3166 codeZA-WC

Geography change

Western Cape borders the provinces of Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. On its southwestern tip is the Cape of Good Hope.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Census 2011: Census in brief (PDF). Pretoria: Statistics South Africa. 2012. ISBN 9780621413885.
  2. Mid-year population estimates, 2018 (PDF) (Report). Statistics South Africa. 31 July 2018. p. 2. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. Cape Town drought declared a 'national disaster' - BBC News
  4. Cape Town's 'Day Zero' delayed to mid-May - CNN