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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 other 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 (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  


South Africa Map
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.
International Oval ZA
ISO Code ZA

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