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Map colours[edit]

The colours used for the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces are too similar. On my notebook screen I had to concentrate quite hard to see the difference. Roger (talk) 07:41, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Limpopo and Mpumalanga's colours are also quite close. — Gk sa (talk) 15:50, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
A new map will need to be drawn anyway since many district boundaries will change on 18 May. There is this one, but it doesn't have colours or numbers; it would be easy to draw one that does have them, though. - htonl (talk) 16:21, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
How's this?
Map of South Africa with provinces shaded and districts numbered (2011).svg
I've numbered the districts with their actual DC numbers, and labelled the metros with appropriate letters. - htonl (talk) 17:51, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
Looks great - the only possible problem I notice is that Gauteng disappears a bit (mostly because it's so small). I'd suggest switching it's colour with the Free State's yellow. — Gk sa (talk) 13:47, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
Done. (If you don't see the change you may need to refresh or clear cache.) - htonl (talk) 02:59, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
How do I clear the cache? Roger (talk) 09:44, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
It depends on your browser; this site has instructions for all the common browsers. It's probably sufficient to do a "force reload" of this page by pressing Ctrl+F5. - htonl (talk) 10:53, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, the map looks great! Roger (talk) 11:21, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I should note that there was a mistake in the numbering in the North West, which I've just fixed; you'll need to refresh again to see the change. - htonl (talk) 11:49, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

I've also added a similar map that represents the current (pre-election) situation, at File:Map of South Africa with provinces shaded and districts numbered (2009).svg. - htonl (talk) 12:05, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


List of municipalities in South Africa looks great with it's new table format and additional information - perhaps the same could be done here? (I don't know how.) That would eliminate the need for lists such as List of districts of the Western Cape - they don't even exist for all the provinces, thus the redlinks in Template:Administrative divisions of South Africa. This list could easily serve the purpose for all of that, with a handy associated map. See the related discussion in Template talk:Administrative divisions of South Africa. (I also wouldn't know how to get rid of List of districts of the Western Cape etc. after this has been accomplished. — Gk sa (talk) 13:47, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

(delete) Just make sure nothing links to the page and add a delete tag with reason. -- (talk) 16:53, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
Given the comprehensiveness and up-to-date-ness (is that a word?) of List of municipalities in South Africa this page and others like it are in fact redundant. "List of municipalities in South Africa" has links to every province, district, metro and local municipality article. It even links to the seat town/city of each of them too. Having the whole lot consolidated on a single page makes maintenance easier too - given the current government's habit of frequently changing the names and boundaries. Eliminate the duplication, keep only one list page for everything. Roger (talk) 17:17, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
I generally agree with what you're saying. However, the one thing that might be useful is to have sortable tables of local and district municipalities. The current list can't be sortable because it has both district municipalities and the local municipalities contained in them, and it wouldn't make sense to be sorting them relative to each other, if you see what I mean. Also, it's divided up by province. So, it might make sense to have a sortable table of local municipalities, and a sortable table of district municipalities.
I like this idea. There's over 500 articles that link to Districts of South Africa, so that suggests to me that it does deserve to exist. How about:
I'm happy to help where I can, but most of this is above my skill level, though, so you'll have to direct me. — Gk sa (talk) 18:52, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
To Gk sa: instead of deleting the articles it would make more sense just to turn them into redirects. - htonl (talk) 17:41, 17 April 2011 (UTC)


OK, so I've drawn up a table of districts which is sortable on every column. I'm open to suggestions on how the columns should be ordered, and what the default order of the rows should be. I generated it from an Excel spreadsheet, so it's very easy to rearrange rows or columns if desired. - htonl (talk) 14:00, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Name Code Province Seat Area (km²) Population (2007) Population density (per km²)
Alfred Nzo District Municipality DC44 Eastern Cape Mount Ayliff 6,859 479,390 69.9
Amajuba District Municipality DC25 KwaZulu-Natal Newcastle 6,911 442,266 64.0
Amathole District Municipality DC12 Eastern Cape East London 23,579 1,664,753 70.6
Bojanala Platinum District Municipality DC37 North West Rustenburg 18,333 1,268,618 69.2
Cacadu District Municipality DC10 Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 58,194 363,496 6.2
Cape Winelands District Municipality DC2 Western Cape Worcester 22,309 712,413 31.9
Capricorn District Municipality DC35 Limpopo Polokwane 16,988 1,243,167 73.2
Central Karoo District Municipality DC5 Western Cape Beaufort West 38,854 56,230 1.4
Chris Hani District Municipality DC13 Eastern Cape Queenstown 36,695 798,597 21.8
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality CPT Western Cape Cape Town 2,460 3,497,097 1,421.6
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality JHB Gauteng Johannesburg 1,645 3,888,180 2,363.6
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality TSH Gauteng Pretoria 2,175 2,345,908 1,078.6
Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality DC40 North West Klerksdorp 14,642 634,127 43.3
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality DC39 North West Vryburg 44,017 354,554 8.1
Eden District Municipality DC4 Western Cape George 23,331 513,307 22.0
Ehlanzeni District Municipality DC32 Mpumalanga Nelspruit 27,896 1,526,236 54.7
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality EKU Gauteng Germiston 1,924 2,724,229 1,415.9
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality ETH KwaZulu-Natal Durban 2,292 3,468,086 1,513.1
Fezile Dabi District Municipality DC20 Free State Sasolburg 21,301 474,089 22.3
Frances Baard District Municipality DC9 Northern Cape Kimberley 13,518 353,200 26.1
Gert Sibande District Municipality DC30 Mpumalanga Secunda 31,841 890,699 28.0
iLembe District Municipality DC29 KwaZulu-Natal KwaDukuza 3,269 528,198 161.6
John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality DC45 Northern Cape Kuruman 27,283 173,454 6.4
Lejweleputswa District Municipality DC18 Free State Welkom 31,930 639,651 20.0
Metsweding District Municipality DC46 Gauteng Bronkhorstspruit 4,170 153,539 36.8
Mopani District Municipality DC33 Limpopo Giyani 24,489 1,068,568 43.6
Motheo District Municipality DC17 Free State Bloemfontein 13,999 837,376 59.8
Namakwa District Municipality DC6 Northern Cape Springbok 126,836 126,494 1.0
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality NMA Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 1,959 1,050,930 536.5
Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality DC38 North West Mafikeng 27,889 798,783 28.6
Nkangala District Municipality DC31 Mpumalanga Middelburg 16,758 1,226,500 73.2
OR Tambo District Municipality DC15 Eastern Cape Mthatha 15,968 1,862,218 116.6
Overberg District Municipality DC3 Western Cape Bredasdorp 11,405 212,787 18.7
Pixley ka Seme District Municipality DC7 Northern Cape De Aar 102,727 166,849 1.6
Sedibeng District Municipality DC42 Gauteng Vereeniging 4,177 800,819 191.7
Sekhukhune District Municipality DC47 Limpopo Groblersdal 13,426 1,090,424 81.2
Sisonke District Municipality DC43 KwaZulu-Natal Ixopo 11,127 500,082 44.9
Siyanda District Municipality DC8 Northern Cape Upington 102,524 238,063 2.3
Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality DC19 Free State Phuthaditjhaba 28,346 694,316 24.5
Ugu District Municipality DC21 KwaZulu-Natal Port Shepstone 5,047 709,918 140.7
Ukhahlamba District Municipality DC14 Eastern Cape Barkly East 25,663 308,365 12.0
uMgungundlovu District Municipality DC22 KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg 8,934 988,837 110.7
uMkhanyakude District Municipality DC27 KwaZulu-Natal Mkuze 12,821 614,046 47.9
uMzinyathi District Municipality DC24 KwaZulu-Natal Dundee 8,589 495,737 57.7
uThukela District Municipality DC23 KwaZulu-Natal Ladysmith 11,326 714,908 63.1
uThungulu District Municipality DC28 KwaZulu-Natal Richards Bay 8,213 894,260 108.9
Vhembe District Municipality DC34 Limpopo Thohoyandou 21,349 1,240,035 58.1
Waterberg District Municipality DC36 Limpopo Modimolle 49,504 596,092 12.0
West Coast District Municipality DC1 Western Cape Moorreesburg 31,104 286,751 9.2
West Rand District Municipality DC48 Gauteng Randfontein 4,087 754,903 184.7
Xhariep District Municipality DC16 Free State Trompsburg 34,250 127,627 3.7
Zululand District Municipality DC26 KwaZulu-Natal Ulundi 14,799 902,890 61.0