Before 1993, the Eastern Cape was part of the Cape Province. Today it includes the old homelands of Ciskei and Transkei. Many of South Africa's leaders were born in the Eastern Cape, like Thabo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko.
Main languages: isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English
Premier: Ms Noxolo Kiviet
First premier (1994): Raymond Mhlaba
The Eastern Cape's claim to fame:
In the Coega River near Port Elizabeth, there is a new deepwater port or harbour. It is a big port through which ships bring products from overseas or take them from South Africa to other countries... Coega website, where you can find out more about the project and its history.
Every year in July, there is a big arts festival in Grahamstown. At the festival, there is art, dancing, music and theatre. It is a great way to find out more about the different cultures in South Africa.