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Wealthiest And Poorest Provinces In South Africa


A new report provides a snapshot of the wealthiest and poorest provinces in South Africa.

According to The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR), the three biggest provincial economies – Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape – account for 55.2% of South Africa’s population but contribute 64.1% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Some 50.6% of taxpayers are registered in just two provinces – Gauteng and the Western Cape, the IRR said.

The institute presents the nine provinces comparatively through more than a hundred indicators spanning across demographics, the economy, education, health and social security, general living conditions, politics and government, and crime and security.

BusinessTech ranks the country’s nine provinces based on GDP per head.

Gauteng

# Gauteng
1 Share of country area 1.4%
2 Share of national population (2015) 24.0%
3 Contribution to national GDP 34.4%
4 Provincial GDP R1 305.6 billion
5 GDP per head R101,093

Western Cape

# Western Cape
1 Share of country area 10.6%
2 Share of national population (2015) 11.3%
3 Contribution to national GDP 13.6%
4 Provincial GDP R518.1 billion
5 GDP per head R84,707

Northern Cape

North West

# North West
1 Share of country area 8.7%
2 Share of national population (2015) 6.7%
3 Contribution to national GDP 6.6%
4 Provincial GDP R249.5 billion
5 GDP per head R67,866

Free State

# Free Sate
1 Share of country area 10.6%
2 Share of national population (2015) 5.1%
3 Contribution to national GDP 5.0%
4 Provincial GDP R189.1 billion
5 GDP per head R67,853

Mpumalanga

# Mpumalanga
1 Share of country area 6.3%
2 Share of national population (2015) 7.8%
3 Contribution to national GDP 7.5%
4 Provincial GDP R284.2 billion
5 GDP per head R67,205

KwaZulu-Natal

# KwaZulu-Natal
1 Share of country area 7.7%
2 Share of national population (2015) 19.9%
3 Contribution to national GDP 16.1%
4 Provincial GDP R610.1 billion
5 GDP per head R57,048

Limpopo

# Limpopo
1 Share of country area 10.3%
2 Share of national population (2015) 10.4%
3 Contribution to national GDP 7.2%
4 Provincial GDP R271.5 billion
5 GDP per head R48,224

Eastern Cape

# Eastern Cape
1 Share of country area 13.8%
2 Share of national population (2015) 12.6%
3 Contribution to national GDP 7.6%
4 Provincial GDP R289.0 billion
5 GDP per head R42,584

Source: Business Tech

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