Top 9 Richest Provinces In South Africa 2020

South Africa (SA) which is known officially as the Republic of South Africa, is located on the continent of Africa, in the southernmost part. It is bounded on the North by Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, on the east and northeast, it is bounded by Mozambique and Swaziland. This country surrounds the landlocked country of Lesotho. This post will be centered on the richest provinces in South Africa.

In Southern Africa, SA is the largest country, and holds the 25th position on the list of largest countries in the world, speaking strictly based on land area. This amazing nation has a population of about 56 million people and is the 24th most populous country in the world.

About 80% of the people here have an ancestry that is Sub-Saharan and a variety of languages are spoken here, eleven of which holds the title of “official languages”. Afrikaans, one of these official languages developed from the Dutch language and serves as the first language for a good number of both white as well as colored people in the nation of SA.

This article aims to focus on the rich provinces in South Africa by outlining the nine wealthiest provinces that can be found in the country.

List Of The Richest Provinces In South Africa 2020

  • 1. GAUTENG:

Located in the Northern area of South Africa, the surrounding area of Gauteng is home to 2 of the largest cities in SA. Pretoria, one of the aforementioned cities, is the national capital of this South African Province and is the home of the Dutch settlers. The other city is Johannesburg.


Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa with a population of 11,191,700 and counting and it is positioned in Highveld in South Africa. There are large industrial areas in this province in places such as Vanderbijlpark as well as Midrand and the languages spoken in this province include English, isiZulu, Afrikaans as well as Sesotho.

The name of this province literally translates to “Place of Gold” and with a GDP of R897,553 million, it is the richest province as well as the most visited in the entire country.


Located in the South-western coast of the country, this South African province shares borders with two oceans including the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean which contributes to its simply gorgeous view. It is the fourth largest province of all the nine provinces in the entire country.

Western Cape – One Of The Richest Provinces In South Africa

One of the deadliest, most infamous prisons and the place where the great Nelson Mandela of blessed memory was imprisoned, which has been since been changed into a museum, is located in this province.

Several historical towns including Franschhoek, Paarl, and Stellenbosch are located in this province. The population of this province is placed at about 6.5 million, a number which is steadily increasing. With its GDP of R376,284 million, it is the second richest province in South Africa.


This SA province has a GDP of R203,993 million and is the third richest province in the country.

Its largest cities are East London and Elizabeth but its capital is known as Bosho. Two amazing parks namely; Addo Elephant National park & Tsitsikamma National park are located in this province which is also home to several colleges and universities as well. Some of these universities and colleges include Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, St Andrews College Grahamstown as well as the College of Transfiguration and the University of Fort Hare.

Eastern Cape

Formed from Transkei and Ciskei which were two Xhosa homelands, this province came into existence in the year 1994. There are more than 7 million people living in this province and with its GDP it is no doubt a worthy entry on this list.


This province is famous for its many waters and as such a coastal South African Province. Aside from being rich, this province is also popular for being very picturesque and an amazing vacation spot for those who are in love with the sea.


Aside from beaches and oceans located in this beautiful province, there are also a great number of mountains in the various villages surrounding this area. It is a great province in terms of tourism and culture.

This province has a GDP of R420,647 million and it is inhabited by about 10 million people and counting.

  • 5. LIMPOPO:

The Province of Limpopo is one of the richest provinces in South Africa with a GDP of R191,934 million and a population of more than 6 million people.

Limpopo is bordered by countries such as Botswana, Mozambique as well as Zimbabwe and is known for having a lot of wildlife resources and exotic animals. For those who enjoy wildlife and exploring thrilling environments, this would be an ideal place to visit.

Limpopo Among The Richest Provinces In South Africa

The capital of this province is known as Polokwane which used to be known as Pietersburg and the province itself was named after the river Limpopo which forms its borders to the West and North.

Limpopo was formed from the Transvaal Province in the year 1994 in the month of November, and it is governed by a parliamentary system.

The motto of this province is “Peace, Unity, and Prosperity”


Sixth among the richest provinces in South Africa is located in the Eastern part of the country where it shares borders with Mozambique and Swaziland.

This province has a GDP of R187,367 and a population of 3,627,600 people. A large nature reserve known as Kruger National Park is located in this province and is a good place for tourism.

The Iconic rive and Blyde river are some of the rivers which can be found in this province.

In the Drakensberg which is located in this province, there is a place known as God’s window which is popular for having a rather panoramic view.

The name “Mpumalanga” is the Zulu word meaning “the point where the sun rises”

  • 7. NORTH-WEST:

This Island province is home to Sun City, a popular resort that boasts of many hotels, parks, and casinos as well.

The capital of North West is Mahikeng but the largest city in the province is a place known as Klerksdorp.

In this province, there are a large number of mountains and forests for those with a thirst for adventure and exploration.

North-West University is located in this province.

With an impressive GDP of about R177,075 million and a population of around 3,200,900 people, this is definitely the sixth wealthiest province in SA.

  • 8. FREE STATE:

The free state covers an area that stretches in the direction of the Maluti mountains which share borders with the landlocked nation of Lesotho.

Bloemfontein is the judicial capital of this wealthy South African province and has a great many indigenous histories which can be traced to it.

This province is highly political in nature and it has an impressive GDP of R145.405 million with a population of more than 2,824,500 people.

This province is as gorgeous as it is rich and is simply a must-visit for those visiting South Africa.

The main route of this province springs between Cape Town and Johannesburg.


This is the largest province in SA and also one of the richest. Northern Cape is blessed with desert landscapes, gemstones and a wide assortment of wildlife. This province is also the most sparsely populated province in South Africa and its capital is known as Kimberly.

Northern Cape has a GDP of R61,175 with a population of about 1,103,900 people and was formed when the Cape province was separated into 5 different districts in the year 1994.

It shares a famous park known as “Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park” with Botswana. The Park’s red sand dunes are known to act as a shelter for falcons and Lions.

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These provinces are the richest in South Africa arranged from first to last on the top ten list. These places are known to be the elite locations in the country with beautiful sceneries and myriad economic and aesthetic contributions to the country itself.

Planning on taking a trip to SA? I’m certain that with this article, you have an idea of a few more places you can visit to make your journey a truly amazing one. 

South Africa is one of the few countries in Africa that has never experienced a coup d’état and for more than a century, regular elections have been conducted in this country.

This beautiful country is renowned worldwide for being one of the best places for tourism and vacations. All year round, various people troop to this wondrous country to have a feel of the amazing sights and thrills to be experienced in the country.

Many places in South Africa have breathtaking views and absolutely amazing entertainment quality and those who have experienced these places are usually filled with nothing but praises for them.

Like most places in the world, SA has it’s rich and high-income areas, and it also has its average in low-income areas.

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