Thaba Tshwane

Place in Gauteng, South Africa
Thaba Tshwane
Voortrekkerhoogte (formerly)
Roberts Heights (originally)
SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane
SA Army College in Thaba Tshwane
25°47′24″S 28°08′32″E / 25.7901°S 28.1421°E / -25.7901; 28.1421Coordinates: 25°47′24″S 28°08′32″E / 25.7901°S 28.1421°E / -25.7901; 28.1421
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng
MunicipalityCity of Tshwane
Area
 • Total32.76 km2 (12.65 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total6,727
 • Density210/km2 (530/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African68.5%
 • Coloured0.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White30.5%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Northern Sotho29.1%
 • Afrikaans27.9%
 • S. Ndebele8.2%
 • Tsonga7.3%
 • Other27.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
0187
PO box
0143

Thaba Tshwane is a military base (or military area) in Pretoria, South Africa.

Units and facilities

The oldest building in the complex is the South African Garrison Institute, what is now known as the Army College. Lord Kitchener laid the cornerstone on 12 June 1902.[2]

Today the installation is home to:

Names and history

Founded around 1905 by the British Army, and called Roberts Heights[3] after Field Marshal Lord Roberts. The area was subsequently renamed Voortrekkerhoogte ("Voortrekker Heights") in 1939 by the government of the Union of South Africa, following the beginning of the building of the nearby Voortrekker Monument, at a time of growing Afrikaner nationalism. On 19 May 1998, following the end of apartheid, it was renamed again, as Thaba Tshwane.[4] Thaba Tshwane should not be confused with the much larger City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes Pretoria and the Thaba Tshwane military base.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Thaba Tshwane". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Du Preez, Sophia (1989). "Voortrekkerhoogte 90 Jaar Oud". Scientaria Militaria. 19 (1).
  3. ^ Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar (in Afrikaans). Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
  4. ^ "The name of the military base, Voortrekkerhoogte is officially changed to Thaba Tshwane". sahistory.org.za. 19 May 1998. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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  • The 1998 speech by South Africa's Minister of Defence on the renaming of Voortrekkerhoogte to Thaba Tshwane
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