This is a Tableau visualization of South Africa provinces by gross domestic product per capita.
|Province||GDP (2010; R millions)||Population (2010 est.)||GDP per capita (R)||GDP per capita (USD)|
What is GDP per capita?
GDP per capita stands for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita (per person). It is worked out by dividing total GDP (see definition of GDP) by the population. However, GDP per capita has some known weaknesses. For example, GDP per capita does not take into account income distribution in a country. Especially a country with an unequal income distribution like South Africa.
- Gauteng has the highest rates of GDP per capita, with the Eastern Cape having the lowest.
- The Western Cape has the second highest GDP per capita, with R72,031 per person.
- The Northern Cape, North West Province, Mpumalanga and Free State all have GDP per capita of just over R50,000.
- KZN, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape score lowest with GDP per capita lower than R40,000, less than half that of Gauteng.
How much of South Africa’s total GDP does each province make up?
- Gauteng comprises one third of South Africa’s GDP, with 34%.
- KwaZulu Natal has the next-highest GDP with 14% of the total.
- The Northern Cape is the smallest with just 2% of the total.