|• Total||22.16 km2 (8.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||45.0%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Northern Sotho||18.1%|
|Postal code (street)||0850|
Tzaneen is a large 'garden town' situated in the Mopani District Municipality of the Limpopo province in South Africa. It is Limpopo's second biggest town after Polokwane. It is situated in a lush, high rainfall fertile region with tropical and subtropical agriculture taking place in a 20,000 km² region. Tzaneen produces about 40% of South Africa's avocados and 40% of South Africa's mangoes. About 650 000 people reside within a 30 km radius, with the town itself holding a population of around 30,000. Tsonga, Afrikaans and Northern Sotho speaking people reside in Tzaneen villages and suburbs.
There are different theories to where the name comes from and range from the Sotho words tsaneng (gathering place) to tsana (basket of hills).
The distance from Tzaneen to Johannesburg is approximately 420 km, or 261 miles.
Villages and townships around Tzaneen
- Modjadji village
- Nwamitwa village
- Petanenge village
- Mariveni village
- Zangoma village
- Shilubana village
- Mafarani village
- Nkowa-Nkowa township
- Lenyenye township
Tzaneen depend on farming different types of fruits and vegetables, in the cultivation of animals, plants and other life forms for food, fiber, medicinals and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture is the key development in the rise in Tzaneen, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.
A wide range of tropical fruits are grown in the Tzaneen area, notably mangoes, bananas, oranges and avocados. Pine and Eucalyptus plantations are also a common sight in the area around the town, particularly toward Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg. The plantations serve a number of sawmills located in the area.
Tzaneen branch is charged with the responsibility of effecting quality education and training for all. It was during this time that the branch had to shape up its direction and co-ordinate all professional developments and support. Policies, systems, and procedures had to be developed. This was not easily achievable due to lack of personnel to effect change. Tzaneen still remains as one of the areas in South Africa with a high rate of tertiary graduates but a low employment rate.
Tzaneen is the founder of Vakhegula old age soccer team in Nkowa-nkowa township. The Vakhegula-vakhegula team played in many international games, including in America and Europe. Soccer and rugby are the main loved sports in Tzaneen. Soccer is widely played in the rural areas and townships.
Tourism is one of the three pillars of the Tzaneen economy along with agribusiness. Tzaneen offers great country and town accommodation for visitors.
There are many tourist attractions to the small town of Tzaneen, including the beautiful Tzaneen Dam, Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg, and the Pekoe View Tea Estate. The town is also situated close to a number of game reserves and the town often serves as a thoroughfare for tourists on their way to other tourist destinations in the province. The well-known Kruger National Park, for instance, is situated approximately 100 km (62 miles) away.
Mostly sunshine, long summer days with pleasant winters. Tzaneen's subtropical conditions provide more suited weather for dense forests (high summer rainfall) than the thorny bushveld above the escarpment.
The summer months September - March have an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and winter months around 15°C (59°F).
- Tito Mboweni (* 1959), businessman, economist and former central banker
- Marchant de Lange (* 1990), international cricketer
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Tzaneen.|
- Tzaneen Business, Community & Tourism Site Tzaneen Business, Community & Information Gateway - www.tzaneeninfo.com
- Tzaneen Travel / Business Directory Comprehensive Tzaneen Travel Directory
- Tzaneen Country Club Tzaneen Golf Course
- More about Tzaneen
- Municipal Demarcation Board: Map of the Mopani District Municipality
- Government website