South African Provinces and Cities

Tourism is a booming trade in South Africa. On International flights, passengers will often ask cabin crew members many questions about South Africa.  It is of utmost importance that you do have vast knowledge of our beautiful country so it is advisable that crew members do research on “places to see” and “things to do” in our different provinces.

Below you will find some basic information about the provinces of South Africa.



South African Cities and Provinces

Initially South Africa, had four provinces, but with the greatly anticipated move towards post-apartheid, it has been re-divided into nine provinces, each with its own capital city. On the map below, you will find a map of South Africa depicting the nine provinces with the capital cities of each of them. 

The nine provinces of South Africa are:



The distances given below are for the shortest possible routes between cities:

  • Cape Town - Johannesburg: 1405 km
  • Cape Town - Durban: 1660km
  • Cape Town - East London: 1042km
  • Cape Town - Port Elizabeth: 756km
  • Cape Town - Bloemfontein: 998km 
  • Cape Town - Upington: 821km 
  • Johannesburg - Durban: 598km 
  • Johannesburg - East London: 992km 
  • Johannesburg - Polokwane: 331km

South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offer the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. South Africa is a heady mix of third and first world cultures - along with the best and least crowded beaches in the world.

South Africa has a modern and well developed transport infrastructure. The roads are world-class. The air and rail networks are the largest on the continent. And the country's ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.

South Africa's total road network is about 754 000 kilometres, 9 600km of which are surfaced national roads. The drive from Musina on South Africa's northern border to Cape Town in the south is a 2 000km journey on well-maintained roads. Around 2 400km of the roads in the country are toll roads. While the Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road-building and maintenance is the responsibility of the South African National Roads Agency as well as the nine provinces and local governments.

More than 50 airlines, making around 230 000 aircraft landings and carrying about 33-million passengers a year, move through South Africa's 10 principal airports. These include three major international airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as airports in Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberly, Upington, Bloemfontein and the Pilansberg.

Twenty-one air traffic control centres support operations that cover 145 licensed airports with paved runways and more than 580 aerodromes with unpaved runways.The semi-privatised Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) is responsible for overseeing infrastructure expansion at the country's airports. 

Cabin crew members should do adequate research on South Africa, the history, culture, places of interest and traditional food to eat as they are ambassadors to our nation. Flight Attendants play a major role in ensuring that our tourists keep coming back and that the tourism industry continues to flourish.