Since the publication of DDC 23, we have extensively revised the Table 2 development for jurisdictions of South Africa, at T2—682-687. The Republic of South Africa consists of nine provinces. The provinces were formerly divided into districts, and editions going back to Edition 19 reflected this organization. The 1996 South African constitution replaced the districts with municipalities. Provinces are now subdivided into metropolitan municipalities or district municipalities. The eight metropolitan municipalities represent some of the country’s largest urban areas. The 44 district municipalities are further subdivided into 226 local municipalities.
With so many differences compared to the previous province-district arrangement, former districts are not given in DDC captions, or in including or class-here notes. Former district names still appear in the Relative Index and history notes in WebDewey, however. Metropolitan and district municipalities are not always coextensive with the former districts; history notes explain such cases.
The names of the municipalities are up to date, such as at T2—68467 Harry Gwala District Municipality, which was renamed from Sisonke District Municipality in November 2015. Each metropolitan or district municipality has a dedicated number, or shares a number with another municipality (e.g., T2—6844 UThungulu District Municipality and iLembe District Municipality).
Additionally, seven of South Africa’s national parks were added to including notes, meaning all 22 of the country’s national parks are represented in including notes, class-here notes, or their own numbers. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site was also added to the including note at T2—68222.
Below is a look at one of the updated numbers, T2—68752, in WebDewey, compared to the same number before the update.