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The Province of Natal ( af|Natalprovinsie), commonly called Natal, was a province of South Africa from May 1910 until May 1994. Its capital was Pietermaritzburg. During this period rural areas inhabited by the black African population of Natal were organized into the bantustan of KwaZulu, which was progressively separated from the province, becoming partially autonomous in 1981. Of the white population, the majority were English-speaking people of British descent, causing Natal to become the only province to vote "No" to the creation of a republic in the referendum of 1960, due to very strong monarchist, anti-republican, pro-British Commonwealth, and secessionist sentiment. In the latter part of the 1980s, Natal was in a state of violence that only ended with the first non-racial election in 1994. In 1994, the KwaZulu bantustan was reincorporated into the territory of Natal and the province redesignated KwaZulu-Natal.

Districts in 1991

Districts of the province and population at the time of the 1991 census. * Mount Currie (main town Kokstad): 41,564 * Alfred (main town Harding): 8,794 * Port Shepstone: 67,239 * Umzinto: 46,919 * Ixopo: 22,626 * Polela: 4,364 * Underberg: 9,584 * Impendle: 2,815 * Richmond: 23,476 * Camperdown: 36,315 * Pietermaritzburg: 228,549 * Lions River: 43,060 * New Hanover: 38,207 * Mooirivier: 25,061 * Estcourt: 49,493 * Weenen: 12,485 * Bergville: 22,552 * Umvoti (main town Greytown): 41,160 * Kranskop: 7,565 * Durban: 473,826 * Inanda (main town Verulam): 299,379 * Pinetown: 184,216 * Chatsworth: 179,957 * Kliprivier: 64,782 * Glencoe: 17,265 * Dundee: 31,613 * Dannhauser: 14,154 * Newcastle: 53,584 * Utrecht: 27,798 * Paulpietersburg: 21,072 * Vryheid: 85,518 * Ngotshe: 26,382 * Lower Tugela (main town Stanger): 96,702 * Mtunzini: 18,455 * Eshowe: 13,355 * Mtonjaneni (main town Melmoth): 10,577 * Babanango: 3,069 * Lower Umfolozi (main town Empangeni): 56,082 * Hlabisa: 18,211 * Ubombo (main town Jozini): 2,929

Administrators



See also

* Coat of arms of Natal * Mtetwa Empire (c. 1750–1817) * Zululand (1816–1897) * Natalia Republic (1839–1843) * Colony of Natal (1843–1910) * KwaZulu-Natal (1994–)

References

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