Three Capitals of South Africa

South Africa, legally has no defined capital city. The Constitution of South Africa, states that Parliament is in Cape Town. The legislative capital is Pretoria, which seats the President as well as the Cabinet, Bloemfontein is the administrative capital and seats the Supreme Court of Appeal, Johannesburg is the judicial capital, and the Constitutional Court of South Africa sits in Johannesburg while the majority of foreign embassies are located in Pretoria.


Cape Town ranks third amongst the most populous area and has roughly the same population as Durban Metropolitan. It is the southernmost city of the country and is famous for its harbour, floristic region and Table Mountain. It is also the most multicultural city in the world due to a favourite destination for immigrants and was named the best place to visit by The Telegraph and the New York Times. The city offers a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, with moderately wet winters that are mild, and summers are dry. Winter is from June to August & record high temperatures of up to 42.4 degrees have been recorded in summer and record lows include -4.3 degrees.

Pretoria is situated in northern Gauteng and is the home of the executive government. Named after the Voortrekker leader it is also known as Jacaranda city, due to thousands of Jacaranda trees decorating the streets, gardens and also its numerous parks. The city is approximately 55 km or 34 miles north of Johannesburg and have a humid subtropical climate. Surrounded by the Magaliesberg mountain range the city experience moderate winters and warm summer days. Record high temperatures of 44 degrees can be expected and winter minimums has been recorded of -6 degrees.

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and also the wealthiest province with the 50 largest urban agglomerations globally. The city is also called the city of gold, Egoli, Jozi and Jo’burg. The population in 2011 was 4,434, 827 the population of the greater Jo’burg metropolitan area is 7,860,781. The racial makeup of the city is estimated at 64 percent black, 14 percent coloured, 7 percent Indian and 13 percent white. Languages used in Johannesburg is 31 percent
English, 20 percent Zulu, 12 percent Afrikaans and 32 percent of the other 11 official languages. The city of gold temperatures can heat up to highs of 41 percent in summer and record minimum temperatures during winter is minus 8, although generally the minimum winter temperature is around 14 degrees.

Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State and its name means blooming fountain or a fountain of flowers. Situated on dry grasslands it offers an abundance of flowers, especially roses and its temperatures offer highs of 39 degrees and record lows of – 9 degrees. Racially the city is made up of 56 percent black Africans, 13 percent coloured, 1 percent Asian and 30 percent whites. Afrikaans is spoken by 43 percent of the population, Sotho by 35 percent, English by only 7 percent and Xhosa by 7 percent.

Each of the three capitals offer its own unique charm, whit Cape Town being the most famed for its beaches, Pretoria for its relaxed student atmosphere, beautiful tropical views and hills and Bloemfontein for its stunning flowers. Johannesburg offers true city life with thousands of businesses, casinos, the most fantastic restaurants and its busy lifestyle never stops.