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Quick Fact
  • 130,028

  • 43,846

  • 32,3%

  • 70,2%

  • 81%

  • 84,5%

Polokwane is a Northern Sotho word meaning 'place of safety', referring to a hollow surrounded by an open, grassland plain. Originally named Pietersburg, the town was established on the farm Sterkloop in 1884. In 2005 the city was renamed Polokwane. (GPS coordinates: 23.9112 S, 29.4618 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population130,028
Young (0-14)23,4%
Working Age (15-64)73,7%
Elderly (65+)2,9%
Dependency ratio35,7
Sex ratio103,9
Population density1217 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,2%
Higher education aged 20+32,3%
Matric aged 20+33,8%
Number of households43,846
Average household size2,8
Female headed households34,3%
Formal dwellings82,2%
Housing owned/paying off41%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage84,5%
Weekly refuse removal95,7%
Piped water inside dwelling70,2%
Electricity for lighting81%

Place names

Polokwane Municipality