Place in Gauteng, South Africa
25°31′25″S 28°6′0″E / 25.52361°S 28.10000°E / -25.52361; 28.10000Coordinates: 25°31′25″S 28°6′0″E / 25.52361°S 28.10000°E / -25.52361; 28.10000CountrySouth AfricaProvinceGautengMunicipalityCity of TshwaneMain PlacePretoriaArea • Total126.77 km2 (48.95 sq mi)Population
 • Total403,162 • Density3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)Racial makeup (2011) • Black African99.2% • Coloured0.3% • Indian/Asian0.1% • White0.1% • Other0.4%First languages (2011) • Northern Sotho28.2% • Tswana16.7% • Tsonga15.1% • Zulu13.6% • Other26.5%Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)Postal code (street)
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Soshanguve is a township situated about 30 km north of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa along Mabopane, and Ga-Rankuwa. The name Soshanguve is an acronym for Sotho, Shangaan, Nguni and Venda, thus showing the multi-ethnic composition of the population. The major African languages of South Africa are heard in Soshanguve.


The acronym divided the Soshanguve residents according to their tribe when they were resettled from Mamelodi and Atteridgeville in 1974. While this was to make admin easy for the apartheid government, it left a community divided and suspicious of each other. More than 20 years later, there are still remnants of the past but there is integration of cultures. The people of Soshanguve arguably are the most multilingual of South Africans.


The people of Soshanguve speak Pretoria Sotho called Se Pitori & Listen to local music genre called Barcadi & Amapiano.

Educational Institutions

Soshanguve is home to Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve North & South Campuses & Tshwane north college (TNC) which draw their students from every corner of the country.

Places of interest

  • 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 - Tswaing, meaning Place of Salt in Setswana, is a 2000-hectare heritage site, some 40 km north-west of Central Pretoria, surrounded by settlements inhabited by more than a million people, such as Winterveld, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Eersterus, near Hammanskraal.
  • Giant Stadium
  • Soshanguve Crossing Mall
  • Soshanguve Railway Station

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Soshanguve". Census 2011.
  2. ^ South African Fab Labs
  3. ^ Mandavilli, Apoorva (2006). "Make anything, anywhere". Nature. 442 (7105): 862–864. doi:10.1038/442862a. PMID 16929273. S2CID 26698558.
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