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Provinces (Since 1994)
Plate History
    Provinces 1910 - 1994
    Homelands Until 1994
    "Independent" Homelands
    Non-Independent Homelands
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Country Information

Provinces (Since 1994)

  Eastern Cape

  Free State

  Gauteng

  KwaZulu-Natal

  Limpopo

  Mpumalanga

  Northwest

  Northern Cape

  Western Cape


Plate History

Provinces 1910 - 1994

Upon independence from Great Britain in 1961, South Africa 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 them were granted "independence" by South Africa but this was not recognised by any country in the world.
In addition, non-independent homelands existed within the borders of South Africa.

"Independent" Homelands

  Bophuthatswana

  Ciskei

  Transkei

  Venda

Non-Independent Homelands

  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 but have been gradually phased out and replaced by colorful designs.


National Plates


Country Information

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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

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