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Provinces as independent states
Using nominal GDP figures as a comparison, in 2016, Gauteng’s economy was roughly the same size as that of North Africa’s Morocco. According to StatsSA, KwaZulu-Natal produced a level of economic output that was similar to that of Tanzania, while Northern Cape has an economy that was roughly on par with that of Bermuda. If Gauteng had to become its own nation, it would find itself in the top 10 in Africa. Gauteng’s economy was the seventh largest in Africa in 2016, surpassing heavyweights such as Kenya and Tanzania. Western Cape was in the sixteenth spot, generating about the same level of economic activity as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). ( 

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