GP – Geography

Overview

Overview

It is apt that, when the nine provinces of South Africa were renamed after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, the former Transvaal Province (consisting of the PWV, an acronym for Pretoria, the Witwatersrand and Vereeniging) was called Gauteng, a Sesotho...

Agriculture

Agriculture

Gauteng's agricultural sector is geared to provide the cities and towns of the province with daily fresh produce. A large area of the province falls within the so-called Maize Triangle. The districts of Bronkhorstspruit, Cullinan and Heidelberg hold important...

Industry

Industry

The most important economic sectors are financial and business services, logistics and communications, and mining. Gauteng is the financial capital of Africa: more than 70 foreign banks have their head offices in the province, and at least that number of South African...

Land and People

Land and People

With a total area of 16 548 square kilometers, Gauteng is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. While it's the country's smallest province, it has the largest population, and by far the highest population density – around 675 people per square kilometer....

Climate

Climate

The climate is mostly influenced by altitude. Even though the province is at a subtropical latitude, the climate is comparatively cooler, especially in Johannesburg, at 1,700 m (5,577 ft) above sea level (Pretoria is at 1,330 m or 4,364 ft). Most precipitation occurs...

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