Eastern Cape

Basic Data

  • Capital: Bhisho, Population (2007): 6 601 258 Inhabitants
  • Official Languages: isiXhosa: 83.4%, Afrikaans: 9.6%, English: 3.6%
  • Area Total: 169 580.00 km², Percentage of total SA Area: 13.9%
  • GDPR in 2004: R 112 908 million, Percentage of total GDP in 2004: 8.1%
  • Radio: 66.8% (2007), TV: 48.1% (2007), Cellphones: 73.8% (2009), Telephone: 10.2% (2009), Computer: 6.4% (2007), Internet: 2.9% (2009)
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ICT in the Province

Personal ICT

Eastern Cape Personal ICT Statistics 2001 - 2009

All data was extraced from StatsOnline (http://statssa.gov.za/). the This figure combines the data from several survey, namely the Census 2001, the General Household Survey 2005 & 2009 and the Community Survey 2007. The methodology and questions are not completely standardized across those surveys. It is therefore questionable whether the data actually is compatible and can be combined as presented in the figure. In absence of better alternatives we assumed that it is fine to compare the data in order to get an impression of general tendencies.

The figure gives an impression about the availability of personal ICTs within the province. The Eastern Cape has a below average density of landline connections. It has the second lowest percentage of private internet connections. Unfortunatly statistics about internet access via third locations have not been comparable accross the surveys. It can be assumed that another 1 to 2% have a access through third places like libraries, school or internet cafés excluding place of work. At work 5.6% state to have access to the internet. Ownership of cellphones has increased to a very high extent, while demand to landline telephones has decreased. Statistical data indicates that more than 70 % of the inhabitants have a cellphone. The cellphone is therefore media number one in Eastern Cape, overtaking even the radio, although the spread of cellphones is the lowest in South Africa.

The province also has the lowest percentage of household with televisions, radios or computers.

Municipal Websites in the Province

The following list of municipal websites in the Eastern Cape was compiled by Douglas Cohen for a Report on E-Government in May 2010.