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Polokwane is a large city in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
The city is the largest in the country north of Gauteng, forms the center of the Polokwane Local Municipality, and serves as the capital of the province. It is also a site of some cultural and political importance for much of the country, and particularly the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. The city’s name literally translates to ‘place of safety’, and it is also sometimes referred to by its former name of Pietersburg. In recent years, Polokwane underwent significant urban renewal and development as one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Indigenous tribes, mainly of Sotho origin, initially inhabited the region in which Polokwane would come to be founded, before these people were largely displaced by the arrival of Europeans in the region in the form of the Voortrekkers in the mid-nineteenth century. Two groups of Boers under the respective command of Hans van Rensburg and Louis Trichardt were the first to arrive in the area, but tensions between the two leaders led to the two groups splitting off in different directions. Over the ensuing decades, a number of small settlements sprung up in the area – towns that would go on to become Polokwane’s neighbours.
The outcome of the First Anglo-Boer War left the Boers without a capital, and a thorough survey was carried out to determine the location of the new town. A farm known as Sterkloop was chosen as the ideal site, and the Executive Council in Pretoria oversaw the planning of what would become the new town of Pietersburg named after General Petrus Jacobus (Piet) Joubert, the man tasked with deciding its location. The town was officially founded in 1886.
Pietersburg grew steadily in size and population until the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand. The ensuing gold rush saw a population explosion in the area that established the town as a major population center for the region. In 2002 it was renamed to Polokwane, and today remains a key city within South Africa as a whole.
Polokwane is located in central Limpopo, around 290 kilometers northeast of Johannesburg and 240 from Pretoria. The city is situated roughly halfway between the province of Gauteng and the border between South African and Zimbabwe, and is connected to the rest of the road network by the N1 national freeway.
Polokwane is home to a number of notable landmarks. One of the oldest of these is the English Church, one of the first to be established in the city, while the Eersteling monuments commemorate the beginnings of the gold industry in the city. The Peter Mokaba Stadium is a relatively new feature that was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Polokwane is home to around 130,028 people, at a density of approximately 1200 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is Black African, with Northern Sotho being the most commonly spoken language.