Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall.Thunder and lighting storms are common in provinces like Gauteng, North West and Kwa Zulu-Natal.During the 1830s and early 1840s, the northern part of what is now Kwa Zulu-Natal was occupied by the Zulu Kingdom while the southern part was, briefly, the Boer republic of Natalia before becoming, in 1843, the British Colony of Natal. Kwa Zulu-Natal is the birthplace of many notable figures in South Africa's history, such as Albert Luthuli, the first non-white and the first person from outside Europe and the Americas to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1960); Pixley ka Isaka Seme, the founder of the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa's first black lawyer; John Langalibalele Dube, the ANC's founding president; Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP); Anton Lembede, the founding president of the ANC Youth League; Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa; and Bhambatha, a 19th-century Zulu chief who became an anti-apartheid icon.
The midlands have moist grasslands and isolated pockets of Afromontane Forest.
The north has a primarily moist savanna habitat, whilst the Drakensberg region hosts mostly alpine grassland.
Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban.
It is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa, with slightly fewer residents than Gauteng.
A small region in the north-west has a desert climate.
Our relatively mild and short winters do not justify the expense of central heating in many buildings and homes, which may lead visitors to think the winter is colder than it actually is.
South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
This time zone is in use during standard time in: Africa.
The i Simangaliso Wetland Park, along with u Khahlamba Drakensberg Park and Ndumo, are wetlands of international importance for migratory species, and are designated as Ramsar sites.
South Africa signed the 1971 Ramsar Convention to try to conserve and protect important wetlands because of their importance to habitats and numerous species.
) is a province of South Africa that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of Kwa Zulu ("Place of the Zulu" in Zulu) and Natal Province were merged.