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PolokwanePolokwane, meaning 'Place of Safety', is a city in the Polokwane Local Municipality and also the capital city of the Limpopo Province. Surrounded by South Africa's neighbours Zimabwe, Bowtswana and Mozambique, the area is culturally diverse and serves as the economic and cultural hub of Limpopo.
Named after Voortrekker leader Petrus Jacobus Joubert, the area was formerly known as Pietersburg, and was founded in 1886. In 1992 the town officially became a city and in 2005 the government declared that the English name become the Northern Sotho one, Polokwane.
The Gateway International Airport, also known as the Polokwane or Pietersburg Airport, is located just outside of the city, and Polokwane is connected to other South African cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria via the N1, South Africa's major freeway.
The Polokwane Game Reserve is a popular tourist attraction in the area, housing indigenous wildlife, birdlife and plants, in an unspoiled bushveld environment; and over 280 species of birds can be spotted at the Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park. The area also contains bird sanctuaries and a crocodile farm and is generally considered as South Africa's best hunting destination.
Polokwane hosts various major industries, such as Coca-Cola and South African Breweries (SAB), and each of South Africa's largest four banks having at least three branches within the city. Shopping malls in the area include the Limpopo Mall, Savannah Mall, and the Mall of the North - planned to open in April 2011.
The Peter Mokaba Stadium, with a capacity of 46 000, was recently constructed for use in the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament which will be hosted by South Africa. It is located five kilometres from the city centre and is just east of the existing Pietersburg Stadium.
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