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South Africa

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South Africa

Districts of South Africa

South Africa is divided into 52 districts (Metropolitan and District municipalities). The 12th amendment to the Constitution (December 2005) reduced this number from 53. Another effect of this amendment is that each district is now completely contained within a province, thus eliminating cross-border districts. The districts also cover the entire area of the continental republic. South Africa's districts are analogous to counties in Great Britain and the United States.

Types of district

The two main types of districts are

  • 6 Metropolitan municipalities which act as both district and local municipalities (indicated with an * below). These are also known as Category A municipalities.
  • 46 District municipalities which contain more than one local municipality. Also known as Category C municipalities, with their contained Local municipalities known as Category B municipalities.


The map shows the 52 districts (with colours indicating provinces).

Western Cape

  1. City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality *
  2. West Coast
  3. Cape Winelands
  4. Overberg
  5. Eden
  6. Central Karoo

Eastern Cape

  1. Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality *
  2. Cacadu
  3. Amatole
  4. Chris Hani
  5. Ukhahlamba
  6. OR Tambo
  7. Alfred Nzo

Free State

  1. Xhariep
  2. Motheo
  3. Lejweleputswa
  4. Thabo Mofutsanyane
  5. Fezile Dabi

Northern Cape

  1. Namakwa
  2. Pixley ka Seme
  3. Siyanda
  4. Frances Baard
  5. John Taola Gaetsewe

North West

  1. Bojanala Platinum
  2. Ngaka Modiri Molema
  3. Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati
  4. Dr Kenneth Kaunda


  1. West Rand
  2. City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality *
  3. Sedibeng
  4. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality *
  5. Metsweding
  6. City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality *


  1. Mopani
  2. Vhembe
  3. Capricorn
  4. Waterberg
  5. Greater Sekhukhune


  1. Gert Sibande
  2. Nkangala
  3. Ehlanzeni


  1. Amajuba
  2. Zululand
  3. Umkhanyakude
  4. uThungulu
  5. Umzinyathi
  6. Uthukela
  7. Umgungundlovu
  8. iLembe
  9. eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality *
  10. Ugu
  11. Sisonke

Boundary alignment

Several projects are underway to align various services with the district boundaries.[1] These include:

  • Magisterial districts
  • Police wards


South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, believes that the districts add an unnecessary fourth layer of government (between provinces and municipalities) and has called for them to be eliminated.[2]

See also



af:Distrikte van Suid-Afrika de:Liste der Distrikte in Südafrika eo:Distriktoj de Sud-Afriko it:Distretti del Sudafrica nl:Districten van Zuid-Afrika nov:Distriktes de Sud Afrika pt:Distritos da África do Sul