• Most major political parties promised to grow the South African economy ahead of the 2019 general elections.
  • Business Insider South Africa, therefore, compared the provincial economic growth for the past ten years.
  • South Africa’s economy grew an average of 1.53% during that time.

An estimated 27.1% of all South Africans are unemployed - up 2.8% from 2009.

Ahead of the 2019 elections, most parties, therefore, promised that they will grow the economy to spur job creation.

The ANC promises to create 275,000 jobs a year by attracting $100 billion investment, the DA vows to put a job in every home by eliminating policy uncertainty, and the EFF promises to deliver jobs by declaring special economic zones.

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Business Insider South Africa compared the economic growth rates of the country’s nine provinces over the past ten years, using data provided by Statistics South Africa.

The provincial growth rates for 2018 has not yet been released.

Gauteng - representing 33.8% of South Africa’s gross domestic product - had the country’s highest economic growth rate of 1.89% over the past ten years.

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This was followed by the DA-led Western Cape, the only province not governed by the ANC, which had an average economic growth rate of 1.82% over the past ten years.

Economic growth in the Western Cape and Gauteng th
Economic growth in the Western Cape and Gauteng the past ten years.

The North-West was the worst performing, with a growth rate of only 0.53% over the past ten years. The province had four years of economic decline.

The North-West was followed by the Free State which saw a growth rate of 1.08% over the past ten years. It saw three years of economic decline.

Economic growth in the North-West and Free State t
Economic growth in the North-West and Free State the past ten years.

Overall, South Africa saw economic growth of 1.53% over the past ten years.

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