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Soshanguve
Soshanguve is located in Gauteng
Soshanguve
Soshanguve
 Soshanguve shown within Gauteng
Soshanguve is located in South Africa
Soshanguve
Soshanguve
Soshanguve (South Africa)
Soshanguve is located in Africa
Soshanguve
Soshanguve
Soshanguve (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%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 0152
PO box 0164
Area code 012

Soshanguve is a township situated about 45 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 Wallmasthal after being forcibly removed from their land. Schools in Soshanguve, i.e. Wallmansthal high and Khutso primary, are originally from Wallmasthal. The first section that was built in Soshanguve is block "K", housing residents of Wallmansthal. It later became part of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Soshanguve is home to the Tshwane University of Technology , previously known as Technikon Northern Gauteng (TNG), the largest residential higher education institution in Southern Africa.
  • 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.[2][3]
  • Tswaing Crater
  • Giant Stadium

References[edit]

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

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