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National Plates
Provinces
1910 - 1994
When South Africa became independent from Great Britain in 1960 it was divided into four provinces:

Cape Province
Natal
Orange Free State
Transvaal

Homelands
Until 1994
Within the provinces named above, ten homelands were created, four of which were granted "independence" by South Africa (not recognised by any other country in the world):

Bophuthatswana
Ciskei
Transkei
Venda

In addition, non-independent homelands existed within the borders of South Africa:

Gazankulu
KaNgwane
KwaNdebele
KwaZulu
Lebowa
Qwaqwa

All the former South African Homelands ("independent" and non-independent) ceased to exist as political entities on 27. April 1994 and have all been reincorporated into South Africa.
The flags of the former homelands are no longer in use (either officially or unofficially).
The license plates of the former provinces and homelands were not immediately changed over to the new political organization of South Africa (see section below) but have been gradually phased out and replaced by colorful designs.

Provinces
Since 1994
Eastern Cape
Free State
Gauteng
KwaZulu - Natal
Limpopo
Mpumalanga
Northwest
Northern Cape
Western Cape

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Location Southern Africa
Capital Pretoria. Cape Town is the legislative center and Bloemfontein the judicial center.
Main Religion Christianity
Main Languages English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and other African languages.
History South Africa became independent from Great Britain in 1961. It was divided into four provinces. Within those provinces, ten homelands were created. All the former South African Homelands ("independent" and non-independent) ceased to exist as political entities on 27. April 1994. They have all been reincorporated into South Africa.
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ISO Code ZA