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

 


Source: Department of Land Affairs and Statistics SA

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