At a Glance:
Year became a federation: 1996
Current constitution in force since: 1996
Constituent units: 9 provinces
Head of State: President
Head of Government: President
Lower House: National Assembly
Our work in South Africa
Since 2006 the Forum and its local partners in South Africa have worked together to organize learning events ranging from an international roundtable on local government to the role of South Africa’s provinces in the country’s governance structure.
Federalism in South Africa
By the end of the 19th century, black African tribes such as the Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Tswana had been pushed of their lands by Dutch settlers and British colonial rulers. The South African war of 1899-1902, fought between the British and the Dutch, was won by Britain. This was followed by more than 90 years of minority white rule and apartheid government.
* Development assistance program countries