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KwaThema is located in South Africa
 KwaThema shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°17′51″S 28°24′9″E / 26.29750°S 28.40250°E / -26.29750; 28.40250Coordinates: 26°17′51″S 28°24′9″E / 26.29750°S 28.40250°E / -26.29750; 28.40250
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
 • Total 13.93 km2 (5.38 sq mi)
Population (2001)[1]
 • Total 99,517
 • Density 7,100/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)[1]
 • Black African 99.7%
 • Coloured 0.2%
First languages (2001)[1]
 • Zulu 56.8%
 • Sotho 8.7%
 • Northern Sotho 8.6%
 • Xhosa 8.6%
 • Other TN%

KwaThema is a township south-west of Springs on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. It was established in 1951 when Africans were resettled from Payneville because it was considered by the apartheid government to be too close to a white town. The new township's layout was designed along modernist principles and became a model for many subsequent townships, although the envisaged social facilities were not implemented. The typical South African township house, the 51/9, was one of the plans developed for KwaThema. A black local authority with municipal status was established in 1984. In 1985 KwaThema experienced violent unrest and right-wing vigilante activity.

Kwa-Thema aka Spiyo is a multiracial township were you find most of South African languages, but it's mostly or rather the most spoken languages are Sotho and Zulu. Kwa-Thema has given birth to many successful individuals who have helped in the development of Thema in a huge way.

Famous KwaThemans[edit]

  • Andries Maseko (1955 – 2013), South African footballer
  • Hilda Tloubatla (b. 1942), South African mbaqanga singer
  • Eudy Simelane (1977–2008), South African footballer and LGBT-rights activist, raped and murdered in the town[2]
  • Lucas Sithole (1931–1994), South African sculptor
  • Nelson "Teenage" Dladla Tutu (born 10 June 1954),South Afican Footballer
  • Simon "Tsipa" Skosana(1957-2009), SA bantamweight champion


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place KwaThema". Census 2001. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Annie (12 March 2009). "Raped and killed for being a lesbian: South Africa ignores 'corrective' attacks". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 

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