South Africa has nine provinces, which vary considerably in size. Each province has its own Legislature, Premier and Executive Council. The country has common boundaries with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, while Mozambique and Eswatini lie to the north-east. Completely enclosed by South African territory in the south-east is the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa has three capitals:.
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This is a list of present-day cities by the time period over which they have been continuously inhabited as a city. The age claims listed are generally disputed. Differences in opinion can result from different definitions of " city " as well as "continuous habitation" and historical evidence is often disputed. Caveats and sources to the validity of each claim are discussed in the "Notes" column.
The island nation of Madagascar is excluded because of its distinct language and cultural heritage. The interior of Southern Africa consists of a series of undulating plateaus that cover most of South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana and extend into central Angola. Contiguous with this are uplands in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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