Eastern Cape

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Eastern Cape

Oos-Kaap (Afrikaans)
EMpuma Koloni (Xhosa)
Motto(s): 
Development through Unity
Map showing the location of the Eastern Cape in the southern part of South Africa
Location of the Eastern Cape in South Africa
CountrySouth Africa
Established27 April 1994
CapitalBhisho
Largest cityPort Elizabeth
Districts
Government
 • TypeParliamentary system
 • PremierPhumulo Masualle (ANC)
Area
[1]:9
 • Total168,966 km2 (65,238 sq mi)
Area rank2nd in South Africa
Highest elevation
3,019 m (9,905 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]:18[2]
 • Total6,562,053
 • Estimate 
(2013)
6,620,100
 • Rank3rd in South Africa
 • Density39/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Density rank6th in South Africa
Population groups
[1]:21
 • Black African86.3%
 • Coloured8.3%
 • White4.7%
 • Indian or Asian0.4%
Languages
[1]:25
 • Xhosa78.8%
 • Afrikaans10.6%
 • English5.6%
 • Sotho2.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
ISO 3166 codeZA-EC
Websitewww.ecprov.gov.za

The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho. Its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. It was formed in 1994. It was the home of the 1820 settlers. The central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people.

This region is the birthplace of many famous South African politicians, such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, Chris Hani, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan.

References[change | change source]

  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, 2013 (PDF) (Report). Statistics South Africa. 14 May 2013. p. 3. Retrieved 15 May 2013.

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