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Polokwane – Place of Safety


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Polokwane is the capital city of Limpopo and is located in the Capricorn region of the province. The city was founded in the gold rush of the 1880's, and was originally named Pietersburg after a well-known General Petrus (Piet) Jacobus Joubert. In February 2002, the city was renamed Polokwane, a Northern Sotho word which means "Place of Safety."

This young city is the largest in Northern South Africa and is a bustling and vibrant metropolis. It's a beautiful city surrounded by tree-lined suburbs and fascinating townships and rural villages. With the lowest crime statistics in the country, Polokwane is true to its name "Place of Safety". Its schools produce good results and medical facilities are world class.


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On the 31st of July 1886 Landdros (Magistrate) Dietlof Siegfred Mare wrote his first official letter from the Magistrate's Court and the town of Pietersburg (now Polokwane) was officially recognised. To this day, the main street through the Polokwane city centre is called Landdros Mare Street.