Fact check: Is Gauteng truly one of Africa’s biggest economies?

Fact check: Is Gauteng truly one of Africa’s biggest economies?

- The Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, boasted that his province is the 7th largest economy in Africa

- According to reports, Makhura is correct in claiming this honour

- Gauteng is responsible for 35% of South Africa's GDP - about R140 billion

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Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, said early in November that Gauteng is the “leading financial nerve centre and manufacturing hub of sub-Saharan Africa”.

He also said Gauteng is the 7th largest economy in Africa, according to a report by power987.co.za

Of course, that is a bold claim to make and it many people wondered how accurate Makhura's information was.

Briefly.co.za gathered the relevant information and came to the conclusion that Makhura was correct in saying that Gauteng contributes 35% to South Africa's GDP.

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Makhura made the claim after he announced that the province kicked dust in other African cities to host the Africa Investment Forum.

According to information gathered from Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation, Gauteng really is one of the most important connections between Africa's economies.

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Data gained from the African Development Bank indicates that South Africa had a GDP of $285.8 billion. Gauteng had a 35% share of that - $100 billion - which puts the province ahead of Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya.

All the data used for this report was based on information from financial reports and statistics in 2016.

South African province Gauteng - one of Africa’s biggest economies

Gauteng's GDP (Image Source: africacheck.org)
Source: UGC

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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