KwaZulu-Natal has more than 10 million people living on 92 100 km2 of land (Mid-Year Population Estimates, 2007 [PDF]) . The principal language spoken is isiZulu, followed by English and Afrikaans. Remnants of British colonialism, together with Zulu, Indian and Afrikaans traditions, make for an interesting cultural mix in the province. KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in the Constitution.
At the end of 2001, a total of 21,9% of the province’s population aged 20 and above had no form of formal education (Census 2001). By February 2007, the literacy rate in this province had improved to 88,6%.
KwaZulu-Natal was the second-highest contributor to the South African economy during 2005, at 16,4% (at current prices) of GDP. Compared to the other Provinces in South Africa the unemployment rate of 29,2% is relatively low. KwaZulu-Natal is one of the major tourist destinations in South Africa. In 2005, the province retained its number-one status as South Africa’s leading domestic tourism destination and surpassed the Western Cape in terms of overall foreign tourism arrivals. The GDPR of KwaZulu-Natal is the second-largest in the country after Gauteng. The GDPR growth rate rose over fivefold from 1% in 1999 to 5,3% in 2005, suggesting the potential to reach a 10% growth rate by the year 2014, which is far above the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa’s target of 6%. The key strength of this province’s economy is its trade and transport infrastructure.
Of the Cities in Kwazulu_Natal, Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its port is the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10-largest in the world.
The Durban programme started in 1999 with one employee and no designated office space. Currently the OLIVE LEAF Foundation employs close to 40 staff members in the Durban Office.
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