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Soshanguve
Soshanguve is located in South Africa
Soshanguve
Soshanguve
 Soshanguve shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 25°31′37″S 28°6′32″E / 25.52694°S 28.10889°E / -25.52694; 28.10889Coordinates: 25°31′37″S 28°6′32″E / 25.52694°S 28.10889°E / -25.52694; 28.10889
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality City of Tshwane
Area[1]
 • Total 126.77 km2 (48.95 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 403,162
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.2%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Northern Sotho 28.2%
 • Tswana 16.7%
 • Tsonga 15.1%
 • Zulu 13.6%
 • Other 26.5%
Postal code (street) 0164
PO box 0152
Area code 012

Soshanguve is a township situated about 25 km north of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established in 1974 on land scheduled to be incorporated into a bantustan bordering on Mabopane in Bophuthatswana, to Sotho, Shangaan, Nguni and Venda people (thus the name) who were resettled from Atteridgeville and Mamelodi. It later became part of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

History[edit]

Soshanguve was the scene of riots related to poor service delivery in January 2006.[2] It was also home to Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, the Catholic priest, who was banished from Transkei by the apartheid regime until he later became a member of the first post-apartheid parliament (1994) and then mayor of Tshwane. Other well known anti-apartheid activists were Mpho Walter Molema, Thabo Makola, Tamati Matlala and Steven Makena, who were killed during the 1985-1986 period of civil unrest, after which a State of Emergency was declared by the apartheid Government under PW Botha.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Soshanguve is home to the Tshwane University of Technology , previously known as Technikon Northern Gauteng (TNG).
  • The second fab lab in South Africa is located in Soshanguve Block TT where it is operated by a self-organized group of unemployed youth known as the Bright Youth Council.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Soshanguve". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ [1] Officer injured in Soshanguve riots, SABC news
  3. ^ [2] South African Fab Labs
  4. ^ [3] Nature 442, 862-864 (24 August 2006)]. "Appropriate technology: Make anything, anywhere." (Author visits Soshanguve Fab Lab)

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