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Provinces 1910 - 1994
Homelands Until 1994
Provinces Since 1994
Upon independence from Great Britain in 1961, South Africa was divided into four provinces:
Orange Free State
Within the provinces named above, ten homelands were created.
Four of them were granted "independence" by South Africa but this was not recognised by any country in the world.
In addition, non-independent homelands existed within the borders of South Africa.
All the former South African Homelands ("independent" and non-independent) ceased to exist as political entities on 27. April 1994 and have all been reincorporated into South Africa.
The flags of the former homelands are no longer in use either officially or unofficially.
The license plates of the former provinces and homelands were not immediately changed over to the new political organization of South Africa (see section below) but have been gradually phased out and replaced by colorful designs.
Location Southern Africa Capital Pretoria. Cape Town is the legislative center and Bloemfontein the judicial center. Main Religion Christianity Main Languages English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa and other African languages. History South Africa became independent from Great Britain in 1961. It was divided into four provinces. Within those provinces, ten homelands were created. All the former South African Homelands ("independent" and non-independent) ceased to exist as political entities on 27. April 1994. They have all been reincorporated into South Africa. International Oval ZA ISO Code ZA