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Eastern Cape

Full nameEastern Cape
Official nameThe Province of the Eastern Cape
Native name   
Settlement typeProvince of South Africa
MottoDevelopment through Unity
CountrySouth Africa
Established27 April 1994
TypeParliamentary system
PremierNoxolo Kiviet
Total Area65220.9 sq mi (168966 km2)
Area rank2nd in South Africa
Highest Elevation9904.9 ft (3019 m)
Lowest Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Total Population6527747 (3rd in South Africa) (2007)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (6th in South Africa) (0/sq mi)
Pop. Estimate6743800( 2010)
Population groups
Black African87.6%
Indian or Asian0.3%
Other information
Time zoneSAST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 codeZA-EC

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The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. It was formed in 1994 out of the "independent" Xhosa homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. Landing place and home of the 1820 settlers, the central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people. This region is the birthplace of many prominent South African politicians, such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Chris Hani, Thabo Mbeki, Steve Biko and Charles Coghlan.

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