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A hotel in Polokwane is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Polokwane hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Polokwane are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Polokwane hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Polokwane hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Polokwane have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Polokwane
An upscale full service hotel facility in Polokwane that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Polokwane hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Polokwane are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Polokwane boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Polokwane may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Polokwane is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Polokwane bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Polokwane B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Polokwane
Polokwane hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Polokwane hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Polokwane
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Polokwane hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Polokwane lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Polokwane
Polokwane timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Polokwane often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Polokwane on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Polokwane
A Polokwane motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Polokwane for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Polokwane motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Polokwane's City Center
Polokwane's City Center
Nickname(s): City of stars
Motto: Naturally Progressive
Polokwane is located in Limpopo
Polokwane is located in South Africa
Polokwane is located in Africa
Polokwane shown within Limpopo
Coordinates:  / -23.90000; 29.45000  / -23.90000; 29.45000
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Municipality Polokwane
Established 1886
• Executive Mayor Thembi Nkadimeng (ANC)
• Total 106.84 km (41.25 sq mi)
Elevation 1,310 m (4,300 ft)
Population (2011)
• Total 130,028
• Density 1,200/km (3,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
Black African 74.4%
Coloured 3.7%
Indian/Asian 3.1%
White 18.2%
Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)
Northern Sotho 45.9%
Afrikaans 19.8%
English 10.3%
Venda 6.7%
Other 17.3%
Postal code (street) 0699
PO box 0700
Area code 015
HDI Increase 0.75 High
Bird Northern royal albatross
Flower Blue squill
Website www.polokwane.gov.za

Polokwane (UK /ˌpɒləˈkwɑːnɪ/), meaning "Place of Safety" in Northern Sotho, is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and the capital of the Limpopo province, South Africa. It is also often referred to by its former official name, Pietersburg. Polokwane is South Africa's largest urban centre north of Gauteng. It was one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Polokwane: History

In the 1840s, Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Potgieter established Zoutpansbergdorp, a town 100 kilometres (62 mi) to the north west. This settlement had to be abandoned because of clashes with the local tribes. They founded a new town in 1886 and named it Pietersburg in honour of Voortrekker leader Petrus Jacobus Joubert. The British built a concentration camp at Pietersburg during the Boer War to house almost 4,000 Boer women and children. The town officially became a city on 23 April 1992; on 25 February 2005, the government declared the official name of the city as Polokwane, a name that was generally in use by the speakers of Northern Sotho. The city was the site of the ANC national conference which saw Jacob Zuma take over as head of the party.

Polokwane: Demographics

In 1904 Pietersburg had a population of 3,276, of whom 1,620 (49.5%) were whites. Pietersburg was a white-designated area during apartheid and so had an overwhelming white majority before 1990. After the dismantling of apartheid the city still retained a large white population. Neighbouring townships have a black majority.

The South African census showed the population of Polokwane City as 130,028 with 43,846 households in the 2011 census.

Group Percentage
Black African 74,4%
Coloured 3,7%
Indian/Asian 3.1%
White 18,2%
Other 0,6%

Polokwane: Districts/suburbs/townships

Jacaranda trees lines many streets in Polokwane, blooming purple blossoms in October every year.

Under the apartheid government certain areas were allocated to certain racial groups; these areas still have a majority of these racial groups present. Westernburg is a former Coloured township. Seshego and Turfloop are former black townships outside Polokwane. Nirvana is a former Indian township. Former White suburbs in the city include: Bendor, Welgelegen, Moregloed, Annadale, Ivydale, Flora Park, Fauna Park, Penina Park, Ivy Park, Hospital Park, Ster Park, Dalmada, Broadlands, Woodlands, and Thornhill. Serala View and Marula Heights are new "black" elite suburbs.

These suburbs no longer host exclusive racial groups and the local government has launched a project to encourage ethnic integration.

Polokwane: Climate

Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: SAWS
Imperial conversion
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches

Polokwane features a semi-arid climate under the Köppen climate classification. Despite its position on the Tropic of Capricorn, the climate is tempered by its position on a plateau 1230 meters above sea level. Average temperatures reach around 21–22 °C (70–72 °F) in January and fall to 11 °C (52 °F) in July. As with much of inland South Africa, Polokwane has experienced notably warmer seasons over the last decade than its long term average. Polokwane has a dry climate with a summer rainy season and a pronounced dry spell during winter. Average annual rainfall is 495 millimetres (19.5 in), with December or (less often) January the wettest month and July the driest.

Climate data for Polokwane (1961−1990, extremes 1953–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.1
Average high °C (°F) 28.1
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.0
Average low °C (°F) 17.1
Record low °C (°F) 9.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 82
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 7 6 5 4 2 1 0 1 1 5 8 7 47
Average relative humidity (%) 69 70 71 69 64 61 58 56 55 61 66 69 64
Mean monthly sunshine hours 253.2 220.8 241.4 232.0 271.0 261.1 279.1 281.3 276.6 264.7 235.3 254.0 3,070.5
Source #1: NOAA (normals and June record low only), Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)
Source #2: South African Weather Service

Polokwane: Transport

Polokwane: Air

A public airport, Polokwane International Airport, (IATA: PTG, ICAO: FAPP), is located just North of the city. There are daily flights to Johannesburg.

Polokwane: Road

Nelson Mandela road traffic island on the approach to Polokwane

Polokwane lies roughly halfway between Gauteng (300 km) and the Zimbabwean border (200 km) on the N1 highway, which connects Zimbabwe with the major cities of South Africa, such as Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

Running east, the R71 connects the city with Tzaneen, Phalaborwa and the Kruger National Park.

The Nelson Mandela road traffic island is situated on the outskirts of Polokwane when approaching from the direction of Johannesburg. It was built prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup as part of beautifying the city for the event.

There are a number of private bus services running in the city and also services connecting Polokwane to other major centers in the country.

Polokwane: Railways

Polokwane is connected to Johannesburg and other major centres via rail. Agricultural produce in the area, including tomatoes, citrus fruit, bananas and avocados, is also transported via freight rail.

Polokwane: Society and culture

Polokwane: Media

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has a branch located in the city. The city also hosts a branch of the country's largest independent radio station, Jacaranda RM/FM, which is broadcast from either Pretoria, Nelspruit or Polokwane. The first and only commercial radio station in Limpopo, CapricornFM also broadcasts from the city. The city has a selection of locally distributed newspapers and an online publication named Hello Polokwane.

Polokwane: Gambling

There is a Sun International casino and hotel in Polokwane. Meropa Casino and Entertainment World is a Moroccan-style 24-hour casino with various outdoor entertainment amenities such as go-karts, mini-golf and a wildlife park.

Polokwane: Museums, monuments and memorials

  • The Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum - Depicts the traditional and modern-day lifestyle of the Bakone people. The museum is centered on a traditional village still occupied by members of the tribe, who sell various crafts to tourists. Background information can be obtained in the visitor center. Within the museum complex are archaeological sites with remains of iron- and copper-smelting installations, as well as rock paintings from around 1000 B.C.
  • Eersteling Monuments - The site of the country's first gold crushing site and its first gold power plant are marked by monuments.
  • The Irish House - Historic building which functions as a museum.

Polokwane: Churches

Roman Catholic Church in Polokwane (Pietersburg)

One of the earliest churches established in Polokwane (then Pietersburg) was the "English Church." Prior to 1894 there were occasional services for the English Church held by visiting priests in the local Court House. Work began on building a church in Market Street in 1895. The building was completed in 1897 and Christ Church had a permanent venue. The church struggled with a lack of members during the Anglo-Boer war (Boer Wars) but regular services resumed in November 1901 and have continued to this day. The Anglican church moved from Market Street to Biccard Street in the 1960s. There is also a Roman Catholic church situated in Biccard street.

Polokwane: Synagogues

The first Jewish settlers in Pietersburg arrived between 1890 and 1900 from Lithuania, Russia, and Latvia, and the Pietersburg Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1897. A synagogue was built on Jorissen Street in 1921. The Jewish community grew rapidly in the 1930s and 1940s; a larger synagogue was built in 1953 and the old synagogue was then converted into a communal hall. The number of Jews in Pietersburg began to decline from the late 1950s. In 2003, as the congregation had dwindled, the synagogue was closed and its benches, bimah, and other contents were shipped to Israel, where they were installed in the Mevasser Synagogue in Tel Mond in memory of the Pietersburg synagogue.

Polokwane: Sports

Polokwane: Golf

The Pietersburg Golf Club along with the golf course was established in the late 1800s. The immaculate lush green course comprises a full 18 holes. Retief Goosen (born 3 February 1969) was born in Pietersburg and honed his skills at the Pietersburg Golf Club.

Polokwane: Cricket

The Polokwane Cricket Club is one of the oldest in the country and was established in 1902.

Polokwane: Rugby

Noordelikes Rugby Club is the largest amateur rugby club based in the city.

Starting in 2013, the city will host a Limpopo provincial team in the Vodacom Cup.

Springbok rugby captain, Victor Matfield grew up in Polokwane. Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit was born in Polokwane.

Polokwane: Soccer

Winners Park F.C., Black Leopards F.C. and Polokwane City F.C., and Baroka F.C., South African football clubs, are based in the city.

Polokwane: Swimming

Polokwane has a number of swimming clubs. Former Olympic gold-medalist and world-record swimmer Lyndon Ferns is from the city.

Polokwane: Tennis

There is a large tennis club situated in the city and various local tournaments are held regularly.

Polokwane: Stadiums

  • Peter Mokaba Stadium, a newly constructed stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Pietersburg Stadium

Polokwane: Tourism

War memorial outside the Polokwane Art Gallery consisting of hundreds of guns melted after the Anglo-Boer war

Polokwane provides access to various nature and wildlife viewing opportunities for ecotourists. The Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park is home to over 280 species of birds. The Polokwane Game Reserve houses various South African species of wildlife, birdlife, and plants in an unspoiled bushveld environment. The Moletzie Bird Sanctuary protects rare birds like the Cape vulture. The Modjadji Rainforest near Duiwelskloof holds the largest concentration of indigenous cycads in the world, and Cheune Crocodile Farm provides a place to learn about the life of crocodiles.

An extensive art collection is preserved in Polokwane's art gallery, open to the public. The city has more public sculptures per capita in its parks than elsewhere in South Africa. Polokwane was also the first to unveil a bust of the ex-president Nelson Mandela in its City Square (Civic Gardens), and it was authorized by Nelson Mandela personally.

The city is considered the premier hunting destination in South Africa.

Polokwane: Commerce and industry

The city hosts several major industries such as Coca-Cola and South African Breweries. As the capital of the Limpopo province the city also has a large commercial area with the four largest banks in the country all having at least three branches in the city. The city was well known for its manufacturing facility in Seshego of Tempest Radios & Hi-Fis, the largest employer in the region.

Polokwane: Education

Polokwane: Tertiary education

The Tshwane University of Technology, and the University of South Africa both have satellite campuses in the city. The University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus is situated about 30 km east of Polokwane.

Polokwane: Secondary education

  • Moloko High School
  • Mitchell's House
  • Pietersburg Hoërskool (PHS) [1]
  • Tom Naude High School
  • Noorderland High School
  • Northern Aca
  • Capricorn High School
  • Heuwelkruin Kollege (Part of the Curro group of private schools)
  • Flora Park Comprehensive High School (FCHS)
  • Mookamedi High School
  • Bokamoso Senior Secondary School
  • Masedibu High School
  • Mohlakaneng High School
  • Khaiso High School
  • Eagles Nest Christian School
  • Pemps (Pietersburg English Medium Primary School)
  • Pepps College
  • Mmaphuti High School
  • Kopano Senior Secondary School
  • Northern Muslim School
  • Mountainview High School
  • Doasho Senior Secondary School
  • Taxila Secondary School

Polokwane: Shopping malls

  • Limpopo Mall
  • Savannah Mall
  • Mall of the North

Polokwane: Sister cities

Polokwane is a sister city with:

  • Italy Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Polokwane: Notable people

  • Victor Matfield, former South African national rugby team captain
  • John Smit, former South African national rugby team captain
  • Marthinus van Schalkwyk, former Minister of Tourism in the Cabinet of South Africa.
  • Lyndon Ferns, Olympic gold-medalist and former world record swimmer
  • Peter Mokaba, a controversial anti-apartheid activist
  • Julius Malema, South African public and political figure
  • Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, was a South African political analyst, businessman and politician
  • Caster Semenya, a South African middle-distance runner and world champion
  • Retief Goosen, a South African professional golfer who was in the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007.

Polokwane: Coats of arms

Polokwane: Municipal (1)

By 1931, the Pietersburg municipal council had assumed a pseudo-heraldic "coat of arms". The shield depicted a crossed pick and shovel, two crossed wheatsheaves, and the date 1904 surrounded by a riband bearing the motto Labor omnia vincit. The crest was an ostrich.

Polokwane: Municipal (2)

A proper coat of arms was designed in the 1960s. It was registered with the Transvaal Provincial Administration in August 1967 and at the Bureau of Heraldry in September 1969.

The arms were : Azure, on a fess Argent, between in chief a lion passant Argent, armed and langued Gules, and in base two chevrons humette, and a horseshoe Argent, placed 2 and 1, two cogwheels Gules. In layman's terms, this was a blue shield displaying, from top to bottom, a silver lion with red tongue and claws, a silver stripe bearing two red cogwheels, and two silver chevrons and a horseshoe.

The crest was a golden eagle, and the motto, once again, was Labor omnia vincit.

Polokwane: Municipal (3)

The Polokwane municipal council registered a new coat of arms at the Bureau in October 2003.

The arms are : Vert, on a fess Argent, a woven grain basket, between two hoes with blades turned inward proper, their handles towards centre-base counterchanged Or and issuant from a voided cogwheel the inner ring cotised Argent, therein a sun Or; on a chief of the last a short-clawed Lark (Mirafra chuana) perched upon a leaf of the silky thorn tree (Acacia rehmanniana) proper, between two demi-peaks with points embattled Brunatre, issuant from the respective shield flanks. In layman's terms, the shield depicts, from top to bottom, (1) a short-clawed lark perched on an acacia leaf between two stylised peaks, (2) a woven grain basket between two hoes on a silver background, and (3) a silver cogwheel on a green background.

Above the shield is a brown rustic crown. The motto is Unity - equity - prosperity.

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