Land area & Population

Land area & Population of SA & its Provinces (2001 and 2011)

Nearly a quarter of the population lives on 1.4% of the total land area – Gauteng is by far South Africa's largest and most densely populated province.  What these figures show is how SA's landscape is being changed by migration.  Provinces where 2001-2011 population change (right hand column) is below 15.5%, do not cater for the needs of their people.

  Land area
(km²)
% Population
2001
% % change
1996–2001
Population
2011
% % change
2001-2011
South Africa 1 219 090 100 44 819 778 100 10.4 51 770 560 100 15.5
Western Cape 129 370 10.6 4 524 335 10.1 14.3 5 822 734 11.2 28.7
Eastern Cape 169 580 13.9 6 436 763 14.4 2.1 6 562 053 12.7 1.9
Northern Cape 361 830 29.7 991 919 1.8 –2.1 1 145 861 2.2 15.5
Free State 129 480 10.6 2 706 775 6.0 2.8 2 745 590 5.3 1.4
Gauteng 17 010 1.4 9 388 854 19.7 20.3 12 272 263 23.7 30.7
KwaZulu-Natal 92 100 7.6 9 426 017 21.0 11.9 10 267 300 19.8 8.9
Limpopo 123 910 10.2 5 273 642 11.8 6.9 5 404 868 10.4 2.5
Mpumalanga 79 490 6.5 3 122 990 7.0 11.5 4 039 939 7.8 29.4
North West 116 320 9.5 3 669 349 8.2 –2.1 3 509 953 0.7 –4.3

 

Western Cape

Population of the largest municipal areas in the Western Cape (2001 and 2011)

Nearly two-thirds of the Western Cape's population lives in Cape Town.  It's easy to see that Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) and Overstrand (Hermanus area) are growing too fast, but it looks as though Oudtshoorn, Breede Valley and Beaufort West are stagnating.

  2001
2001 % of
province
% Change p.a.
1996-2001
2011
2011 % of
province
% Change p.a.
2001-2011
Cape Town 2 892 243 63.9 2.42 3 740 026 64.2 2.57
Drakenstein (Paarl) 194 417 4.3 0.85 251 262 5.6 2.56
Breede Valley (Worcester) 146 387 3.2 2.38 166 825 2.9 1.31
George 149 436 3.3 4.36 193 672 3.3 2.59
Stellenbosch 118 709 2.6 2.65 155 733 2.7 2.71
Theewaterskloof (Caledon) 93 276 2.1 4.47 108 790 1.9 1.54
Oudtshoorn 84 692 1.9 1.35 95 933 1.6 1.25
Mossel Bay 71 494 1.6 3.58 89 430 1.5 2.24
Saldanha Bay 70 261 1.6 4.34 99 193 1.7 3.45
Overstrand (Hermanus) 55 012 1.2 8.10 80 432 1.4 3.80
Knysna 52 035 1.2 3.54 68 659 1.2 2.77
Beaufort West 43 290 1.0 1.24 49 586 0.9 1.36
Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) 29 182 0.6 9.19 49 162 0.8 5.22
Cape Agulhas (Bredasdorp) 27 155 0.6 3.31 33 038 0.6 1.96

Gauteng

Stats for Gauteng and other provinces are being added.

  2001
2001 % of
province
% Change p.a.
1996-2001
2011
2011 % of
province
% Change p.a.
2001-2011
Johannesburg 3 226 055 34.4 4.02 4 434 827 36.1 3.18
Tshwane (Pretoria) 2 142 322 22.8 3.57 2 921 488 23.8 3.10
Ekuhuleni 2 481 762 26.4 4.05 3 178 470 25.9 2.47
West Rand 744 627 7.9 2.43 820 995 6.7 0.98
Sedibeng 794 088 8.5 2.05 916 484 7.5 1.43


Source: Department of Land Affairs and Statistics SA

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