Eastern Cape


The Eastern Cape’s coat of armsThe Eastern Cape’s coat of arms

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.

Capital: Bisho

Main languages: isiXhosa, Afrikaans, English

Premier: Ms Noxolo Kiviet

First premier (1994): Raymond Mhlaba

The Eastern Cape's claim to fame:


Coega deep water harbour | Grahamstown festival

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.

Last updated : 07-Apr-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 31-Mar-2011