Natal (province)

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The Province of Natal (Afrikaans: Natalprovinsie), commonly called Natal, was a province of South Africa from May 1910 until May 1994. Its capital was Pietermaritzburg. During this period rural areas inhabited by the black African population of Natal were organized into the bantustan of KwaZulu, which was progressively separated from the province, becoming partially autonomous in 1981. Of the white population, the majority were English-speaking people of British descent, causing Natal to become the only province to vote "No" to the creation of a republic in the referendum of 1960, due to very strong monarchist, anti-republican, pro-British Commonwealth, and anti-secessionist sentiment.[2] In the latter part of the 1980s, Natal was in a state of violence that only ended with the first non-racial election in 1994.[3]

Province of Natal
Coat of arms of Natal 1907-1997.svg
Map of the provinces of South Africa 1976-1994 with Natal highlighted.svg
 • 19912,430,753[1]
 • OriginColony of Natal
 • Created31 May 1910
 • Abolished27 April 1994
 • Succeeded byKwaZulu-Natal
StatusProvince of South Africa
GovernmentNatal Provincial Council
 • HQPietermaritzburg
 • TypeDistricts

In 1994, the KwaZulu bantustan was reincorporated into the territory of Natal and the province redesignated KwaZulu-Natal.

Districts in 1991Edit

Districts of the province and population at the time of the 1991 census.[1]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Census > 1991 > RSA > Variable Description > Person file > District code". Statistics South Africa - Nesstar WebView. Archived from the original on 19 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. ^ Ingalls, Leonard (11 May 1961). "Resentment Grows in Natal". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  3. ^ Wren, Christopher S. (19 October 1990). "De Klerk Lifts Emergency Rule in Natal Province". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-25.

Coordinates: 29°S 30°E / 29°S 30°E / -29; 30