Where to live in South Africa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Where to live in South Africa

Deciding where to live in South Africa can be a daunting task; apart from the fact that you will be job bound South Africa straddles 1.2-million square kilometres. South Africa is as big as several European countries put together but on the other hand it's only an eighth of the size of the US. So if you want to get from Johannesburg in the north (Gauteng) to Cape Town in the south (Western Cape) it's more than a day's drive down the N1 National Road.
 
How is it divided up?
 
South Africa is divided up into nine provinces with Gauteng, the smallest and most densely populated. Adjoining Gauteng is Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga in the north. The Northern Cape, the largest province with the smallest population, is in the west. The Free State is in the middle of the country. And the coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape lie to the south.
 
What are the big cities?
 
South Africa has two capitals. Cape Town, the oldest city, is the legislative capital, where Parliament sits. 1 500 kilometres to the north is the executive capital Pretoria, where the government administration is housed.
 
Pretoria might be the executive capitol of South Africa but Johannesburg is the commercial power house of South Africa. Johannesburg, once the world's greatest gold mining centre is now increasingly dominated by modern financial and service sectors.
The second-biggest city is Durban, a fast-growing port on the eastern coast, and the supply route for most goods to the interior.
 
For more information on where to live in Cape Town and Johannesburg why not visit our recommendations pages?
 
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