Apies River

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Apies Rivier
South Africa-Pretoria Zoo-002.jpg
Name origin: its a river
Country  South Africa
Province Gauteng
Part of Pienaars River
 - right Walker Spruit
 - location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Mouth Pienaars River
 - coordinates 25°10′25″S 28°06′38″E / 25.17361°S 28.11056°E / -25.17361; 28.11056Coordinates: 25°10′25″S 28°06′38″E / 25.17361°S 28.11056°E / -25.17361; 28.11056

The Apies River is a river that flows through the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Its source is located just south of the city (south of Erasmus Park) and it flows northward until it drains into the Pienaars River.[1]

The river is known as the Apiesrivier in Afrikaans (in which "Apies" means "small monkeys").

Nguni-speaking settlers, who became known as the Ndebele, are thought to have been the first people to recognise the suitability of the Apies River valley as a place to put down roots. They named the river after one of the chiefs "Tshwane", but is still recognized under its colonial name "Apies". The greater Pretoria is now known as the City of Tshwane. The river is - to a large extent - canalised with little resemblance of the natural river reach of the past. The river reach between Wonderboom Poort and the Bon Accord Dam is, however, not canalised.

The Mamelodi township draws its name from the name of the river, with the full name being "Mamelodi ya Tshwane", meaning "Whistler of the Apies River", a nickname given to Paul Kruger[2]


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  1. ^ "Gauteng State of the Environment Report 2004" (PDF). Gauteng Provincial Government. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Meanings of place names in South Africa". africanlanguages.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 

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