Vivo, Limpopo

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Vivo, close to the centre of the town, with the Soutpansberg in the background
Vivo, close to the centre of the town, with the Soutpansberg in the background
Vivo is located in South Africa
 Vivo shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 23°02′35″S 29°16′37″E / 23.043°S 29.277°E / -23.043; 29.277Coordinates: 23°02′35″S 29°16′37″E / 23.043°S 29.277°E / -23.043; 29.277
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Capricorn
Municipality Blouberg
Population [1]
 • Total 308
Postal code (street) 0924
PO box 0924
Area code 015

Vivo is a small town in the northern part of Limpopo province, South Africa.

The town lies south of the Brak River, in a gap between the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg Range, some 72 km west of Louis Trichardt. The name is thought to be derived from Sotho phefo, ‘cold wind’, though it has been stated that the hills resemble the spelling of ‘Vivo’ when seen from a certain angle.[2]

Vivo is situated on the road between Polokwane and Musina; the towns located closest to it are Alldays and Louis Trichardt. The main economic activities in the area are farming and conservation. The town once had a boarding school that hosted local farm children as well as various others from bigger cities as far as Johannesburg. Known as a military-type institution with very poor conditions for students, the school closed in the mid-1990s. The town has a post office, a filling station and a small convenience store. For larger purchases residents would have to travel to one of the neighbouring towns.