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Metropolitan areas in South Africa

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Metropolitan areas in South Africa

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In South Africa, a metropolitan municipality or Category A municipality is a municipality which executes all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation. This is by contrast to areas which are primarily rural, where the local government is divided into district municipalities and local municipalities.

The Constitution, section 155.1.a, defines "Category A" municipalities.[1] In the Municipal Structures Act it is laid out that this type of local government is to be used for conurbations, "centre[s] of economic activity", areas "for which integrated development planning is desirable", and areas with "strong interdependent social and economic linkages".[2]

The metropolitan municipality is similar to the consolidated city-county in the USA, although a South African metropolitan municipality is created by notice of the provincial government, not by agreement between district and local municipalities.

List of metropolitan municipalities

Name Code Province Seat Area
Pop. density
(per km²)
Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality BUF Eastern Cape East London 2,536 755,200 297.8
City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality CPT Western Cape Cape Town 2,460 3,740,026 1,520.3
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality JHB Gauteng Johannesburg 1,645 4,434,827 2,695.9
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality TSH Gauteng Pretoria 6,345 2,921,488 460.4
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality EKU Gauteng Germiston 1,924 3,178,470 1,652.0
eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality ETH KwaZulu-Natal Durban 2,292 3,442,361 1,501.9
Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality MAN Free State Bloemfontein 6,284 747,431 118.9
Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality NMA Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 1,959 1,152,115 588.1


  • Government Communication & Information Services (2005) Categories of municipalities
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Chapter 7: Local Government
  • Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, Act 117 of 1998.
  • South African Local Government Association

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