Natal (province)

The Province of Natal (Afrikaans: Provinsie Natal), commonly called Natal, was a province of South Africa from 1910 until 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, causing Natal to become the only province to vote "no" to the creation of a republic in the referendum of 1960.[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
Provinsie Natal

  OriginColony of Natal
  Created31 May 1910
  Abolished27 April 1994
  Succeeded byKwaZulu-Natal
StatusProvince of South Africa
GovernmentNatal Provincial Council

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

Districts in 1991

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


See also


  1. "Census > 1991 > RSA > Variable Description > Person file > District code". Statistics South Africa - Nesstar WebView. 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.

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