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|Province of Natal|
Provinsie van Natal
|• Origin||Colony of Natal|
|• Created||31 May 1910|
|• Abolished||27 April 1994|
|• Succeeded by||KwaZulu-Natal|
|Status||Province of South Africa|
|Government||Natal Provincial Council|
The Province of Natal (Afrikaans: Provinsie Natal), commonly called Natal, was a province of South Africa from 1910 until 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, causing Natal to become the only province to vote "no" to the creation of a republic in the referendum of 1960. In the latter part of the 1980s, Natal was in a state of violence that only ended with the first multiracial election in 1994.
Districts of the province and population at the time of the 1991 census.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1922 Encyclopædia Britannica article Natal.|