Teyateyaneng

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Location of Teyateyaneng in Lesotho

Teyateyaneng is a town located in the district of Berea in Lesotho. Usually abbreviated to T.Y., Teya-Teyaneng means 'place of quick sands'.[1] Teyateyaneng is also the camptown for the district of Berea. In 2005 it had a population of 75,115.

Geography[edit]

Lioli Gateway.JPG

Teyateyaneng is located about 40 kilometers north of the national capital of Maseru on the Main North One, a road that runs parallel to the South African border leading to the north. The city is situated on a high plateau at about 1600 meters altitude.

History[edit]

Teyateyaneng was founded in 1886 as the capital of Berea by then Chief Masupha. The 1986 centennial was celebrated with sports tournaments and handing out of sponsored T-shirts to participants.

Economy[edit]

Teyateyaneng has several retail businesses and carpet-producing factories.

Sports[edit]

Football[edit]

Lioli player

The Lioli FC is a football club based in Teyateyaneng. In 1985 the team won the national championship for the first time and again in 2009, it is now the Lesotho ground puller. In 2007 it won Imperial Top 8 cup. Lioli FC is now Lesotho soccer champs with the likes of Congo, Manqane, ntate Masualle not forgetting dribbling wizard Shabba.

Cricket[edit]

Leokaoke Lebona is the first and only spinner, he starred in the first cricket team to win internationally. The following cricketers all hail from Teyateyaneng: Spinner Leokaoke Lebona, pace bowlers Ian Osler and Thabiso Mohapi, who has been playing for the National Team since being 15 years old under the captaincy of Niels Wall, representing the country in Namibia (who currently plays cricket in the Top League in his home country Denmark), and the batsmen Thabang Mafereka and Ntate Banye.

The team NUL Vampires (representing the National University of Lesotho) was recently crowned Lesotho cricket league champions. They defeated Bails cricket by 129 runs. Vampires reached 192/4 and Bails only managed 62 (all out). Lebona was named man of the match with 75 runs and taking 4 wickets for 14 runs. Captain Lemphane scored 98, close to his ton. LP were the runners-up.

Other sporting disciplines are played at school level, where most of the future Town Stars are prepared.

Points of interest[edit]

There is a hospital and high schools in Teyateyaneng. Furthermore, around the city there are several rock caves with cave paintings of the San tribe. The images are of hunters and prey deer. TY's Blue Mountain Inn is one of Lesotho's larger hotels; its sister hotel, Mountain View Hotel, is located in Hlotse. More info about Teya-Teyaneng can be found on the national tourism website.

Trivia[edit]

The district of Teyateyaneng, Berea District, is the only district in Lesotho which is not named after its camptown.

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Coordinates: 29°09′04.0″S 27°44′32.4″E / 29.151111°S 27.742333°E / -29.151111; 27.742333