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Information on the Western Cape province of South Africa

Conference Venues South Africa brings you information on the Western Cape province of South Africa including information on the Karoo, Winelands, Cape Town Metro, Breede River Valley, West Coast, Garden Route and Overberg regions of the Western Cape.

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About the Western Cape Province of South Africa

The Western Cape is bordered on the east by the Eastern Cape, the north by the Northern Cape, the west by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the Indian Ocean. The subantarctic dependency of the Prince Edward Islands is included within the province's administration. The Olifants, Berg and Breede Rivers are major rivers of the province. Cape Town is the capital and other main cities in the Western Cape include George, Worcester, Paarl, and Stellenbosch. The Overberg and the Garden Route regions are popular coastal tourism areas.

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The capital of the Western Cape is Cape Town which is home to the well known Table Mountain. Most of the Western Cape falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains that range in height from 1000m to 2300m. The valleys between ranges are very fertile. The far interior of the Western Cape forms part of the Karoo Basin and is mostly dry and hilly. The coastal areas of Western Cape range from sandy between capes to rocky to steep and mountainous in places.

Vegetation is also extremely diverse. The Cape Foral Kingdom, one of the world's seven floral kingdoms is almost exclusively endemic to the province. Fynbos covers most of the area and is extremely diverse, with more plant species occurring on Table Mountain than the entire United Kingdom. The arid interior is dominated by Karoo drought-resistant shrubbery. The Little Karoo and West Coast regions of the Western Cape are semiarid regions and are typified by many species of acacia trees, succulents and drought-resistant shrubs. The Garden Route region of the province is particularly lush, with temperate rainforest covering many areas adjacent to the coast and along the mountain ranges.

The Western Cape of South Africa is divided into the following regions: Cape Town Metro, The Winelands, Breede River Valley, Karoo, Overberg, West Coast and Garden Route.

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History of the Western Cape

Traces of tools of early stone age hunter-gatherers found indicate that this area was inhabited by prehistoric people as much as 600 000 years ago. The San being the most well known relied almost exclusively on what the seashore had to provide for their food. By the time the first Europeans settled into the Table Bay area, the Khoikhoi was the dominant tribe, after displacing the San from the north about 2000 years ago...western cape history

Western Cape Geography

The Western Cape is bordered on the east by the Eastern Cape, the north by the Northern Cape, the west by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the Indian Ocean. The subantarctic dependency of the Prince Edward Islands is included within the province's administration. The Olifants, Berg and Breede Rivers are major rivers of the province. Cape Town is the capital and other main cities include George, Worcester, Paarl, and Stellenbosch. The Overberg and the Garden Route are popular coastal tourism areas. ...western cape georgaphy

Western Cape Climate

The Western Cape has a varied climate, with several different micro- and macroclimates created by the influence of both the Indian and Atlantic oceans and varied topography. Most of the Western Cape is considered to have a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The interior Karoo has a semiarid climate with cold, icy winters and hot summers with isolated thunderstorms. The Overberg and the Garden Route on the south coast have a maritime climate with cool, wet winters and warm, moist summers. Mossel Bay in the Garden Route is considered to have the second mildest weather worldwide after Hawaii....western cape climate

Western Cape Economy

The Western Cape's has the third-highest GDP contribution to the country’s total, at 14.6%. The largest industry is the textile and clothing industry, which employs over 170,000 people. The textile industry is currently declining in importance, due to competition with cheaper Eastern producers. International call centres, High-tech industries, fashion design, TV production and advertising are niche industries rapidly gaining in importance. The province also has a significantly lower unemployment rate than the other provinces....western cape economy

Education in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is the most highly educated province with highly skilled workers in comparison to any other African region. The high school graduation is higher than any other province at around 80%, higher. The region also boasts three internationally acclaimed universities: Stellenbosch University, the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town....western cape education

Towns and Suburbs of the Western Cape province of South Africa

Arniston , Albertina , Bantry Bay , Bellville , Barrydale , Beaufort West , Bloubergrant , Bloubergstrand , Brackenfell , Caledon , Century City , Ceres , Camps Bay , Cape Town , Clanwilliam , Claremont , Constantia , Constantia Park , Darling, De Rust , De Waterkant , Durbanville , Fish Hoek , Franschhoek , Fresnaye , Gardens , Gordon's Bay , Gansbaai , George , Grabouw , Green Point , Greyton , Hout Bay , Hermanus , Kenilworth , Kleinmond , Knysna , Malgas , McGregor , Melkbosstrand , Milnerton , Morreesburg , Muizenberg , Montagu , Mossel Bay , Mowbray , Newlands , Noordhoek , Observatory , Oranjezicht , Oudtshoorn , Paternoster, Lakeside , Langebaan , Paarl , Parow , Pinelands , Plettenberg Bay , Prince Albert , Pringle Bay , Rawsonville , Robertson , Riebeeck West , Rondebosch , Stellenbosch , Somerset West , Simon's Town , Saldanha , Sea Point , Sir Lowry's Pass , Stanford , St Helena Bay , Strand , Swellendam , Table View , Tulbagh , Uniondale, Vermont , Vredendal , Wellington , Wilderness , Worcester , Worcester , Wynberg , Yzerfontein


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