The Western Cape is booming from a record influx of international tourists and a steady stream of semigrants from other provinces, drawn by its natural beauty, better employment prospects and stellar track record of good governance.

These pull-factors have allowed the province to leapfrog Limpopo and the Eastern Cape over the past two decades, taking it from being the fifth most populous province with 5-million people in 2001 to the third-largest with 7.4-million people in 2022, after KwaZulu-Natal (12.4-million) and Gauteng (15.1-million)...

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