Tsakane

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Tsakane
Tsakane is located in South Africa
Tsakane
Tsakane
 Tsakane shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°21′S 28°22′E / 26.350°S 28.367°E / -26.350; 28.367Coordinates: 26°21′S 28°22′E / 26.350°S 28.367°E / -26.350; 28.367
Country South Africa
Province Gauteng
Municipality Ekurhuleni
Area[1]
 • Total 19.75 km2 (7.63 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 135,994
 • Density 6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.8%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 57.9%
 • Sotho 10.1%
 • Northern Sotho 7.5%
 • Xhosa 6.6%
 • Other 18.0%
Postal code (street) 1550
PO box 1548

Tsakane is a township south of Brakpan close to two other townships KwaThema and Duduza on the East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Nickname "E-Mashona".

History[edit]

Tsakane was founded in the early 1960s by Robert Mafemana Thuketana when native people living close to Brakpan were moved to a new designated area. The previous residential area is fondly known as "Old Location" by Tsakane residents. The township has grown since then to a point where it is difficult to tell where Tsakane ends and where Duduza and KwaThema begin. Tsakane has sub townships which fall under it, Geluksdal being one and Langaville being the other it has grown that now there is a section closer to ratanda being constracted (Thubelitsha). Tsakane hosts a community radio station called ek fm (103.6) which broadcasts to Tsakane, Geluksdal, Langaville, Duduza, Kwa-Thema, Daveyton, katlehong, Thokoza, vosloorus, Brakpan, Springs and partly: Boksburg, Benoni, Wattville and Alra Park for now. The radio station, the mall and lately the stadium has become some of the prominent landmarks of the area and its recent history. When Tsakane was formed Thembu street was one of the first streets linked with the main streets of Tsakane Sotho and street Ndabezitha this is the central origin part of Tsakane.

Famous people[edit]

Mr Robert Thuketana (founder and councilor and fighter for the people) Mr Mafuyeka (also founder of Tsakane) Mr Bopape (First General Secretary of the ANC) Dr Paseka Ncholo (entrepreneur, businessmen, mine owner, etc. ) Dr kgotsho Ncholo (Doctor practitioner) Mr Silence Mabuza (boxer) Mr Rony Madonsela (singer) Mr Andries Raditsela (activist) Mr Jamza Msiza (business man) Mr Cecil Thuketana (artist, sign writer) Hlengiwe "Slizestow" Mnyandi (sdeleli, speaker)

Attractions[edit]

Tsakane has (ekhaya shopping center) near Kwa thema and Duduza rank is also growing very fast. It also has Tsakane Mall with numerous shops and service provider centres. With a new shopping center being constructed at ext 19 and more petrol stations being added Tsakane is really huge and still growing fast. Tsakane also has a hospital (Pholosong hospital) which caters for Geluksdal Duduza and Kwa thema. With countless professional mini hospitals and clinics, Libraries and parks not forgetting a multi purpose center (farranani), and recently a fire station.

Entertainment[edit]

Tsakane has from the best chilling places to the restaurants. There's Chillas pub A2A (Addicted 2 Afrika) Dinangwe pub and grill Q bar Mewslounge and Welcomes place just to name a few well known chilling spots.

Businesses[edit]

well known artist and sign writer Cecil Thuketana (son of the Founder and councilor of Tsakane Mr Robert Thuketana ) is one of the well known artist all over the east rand. the Thuketana's has recently started a graphics company ( Anatek2 services ) providing everything from T-shirt printing to vehicle wrapping etc. anatekgraphics.wozaonline.co.za.

VW scrapyard which is owned by 'Stitch' well known business man and entrepreneur.

Recently dbk has opened a company which provides vehicle repair with professional equipment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Tsakane". Census 2011.