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Western Cape

Spes Bona (Good Hope)
Map showing the location of the Western Cape in the south-western part of South Africa
Location of the Western Cape in South Africa
Country South Africa
Established 27 April 1994 (1994-04-27)
Capital Cape Town
 • Type Parliamentary system
 • Total 129,462 km2 (49,986 sq mi)
Area rank 4th in South Africa
Highest elevation
2,325 m (7,628 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total 5,822,734
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 3rd in South Africa
 • Density 44.97639/km2 (116.4883/sq mi)
 • Density rank 4th in South Africa
Population groups
 • Coloured 48.8%
 • African 32.8%
 • White 15.7%
 • Indian or Asian 1.0%
 • Afrikaans 49.7%
 • Xhosa 24.7%
 • English 20.2%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
ISO 3166 code ZA-WC

Western Cape is one of South Africa's nine provinces. It surrounds the Cape of Good Hope. It was made in 1994 by splitting the old Cape Colony into three. The majority of the people live in the metropolitan area of Cape Town, which is also the capital.


Western Cape borders the provinces of Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. On its southwestern tip is the Cape of Good Hope.

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