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Venda Plaza, Thohoyandou
|• Total||42.62 km2 (16.46 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||95.5%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||1.2%|
|Postal code (street)||0950|
Thohoyandou is a town in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is the administrative centre of Vhembe District Municipality and Thulamela Local Municipality. It is also known for being the former capital of the bantustan of Venda.
Thohoyandou is situated in the south of Vhembe district, on the main road between Louis Trichardt and the Kruger National Park. This is the lush agricultural centre of Vhembe, with banana plantations, subtropical fruit, tobacco and maize lands. Thohoyandou is surrounded by small rural townships such as Ngovhela, Vondwe, Phiphidi, Muledane, Shayandima, Makwarela, and Maniini.
Thohoyandou is a town found in Ha-Mphaphuli. It was named after the great king of VhaVenda, King Thohoyandou, who ruled the VhaVenda kingdom from the 1690s to the early 1720s. Today Thohoyandou is the second largest town in Venda after Makhado (Louis Trichardt), situated 79 km from Makhado and 53 km from Dzanani.
Thohoyandou was established and built at a large portion of the village of Mbaleni in the late 1970s. It was established by Thovhele Patrick Ramaano Mphephu who was the Prime Minister of the Venda Bantustan. Thohoyandou became the capital of Venda when Venda was declared a republic in 1979, and Thovhele ´Mphephu became the President of the Republic of Venda. Thohoyandou became the centre and economic hub of the Republic of Venda.
A stadium was built in Thohoyandou to celebrate the independence of Venda, and was known as the Venda Independence Stadium. The name was changed to Thohoyandou Stadium in 1994.
Today Thohoyandou is one of the fastest growing towns in Limpopo. It is also home to the University of Venda.
Thohoyandou is the main development node in Thulamela Local Municipality with a total of approximately 500 000 residents within the boundaries of the town. It is further surrounded by numerous rural settlements situated on the outskirts of the built-up area.
Thohoyandou's CBD was originally designed as a super mall with large walkways full of water fountains, flowers and green areas. The parking lots were situated on the outsides and people would walk to the shops. Unfortunately, shortage of vacant land within the CBD has slowed down its growth and kept it from expanding further. On top of this, the CBD has suffered from a lack of maintenance in the past fifteen years.
- List of Secondary Schools:
- Almighty Learning Centre
- Herman Technical High School
- Liivha Combined School
- Marude Secondary School
- Thohoyandou Secondary Scholl
- Thohoyandou Technical High School
- Tshikevha Christian School
- "Main Place Thohoyandou". Census 2011.